This week, 95 state leaders from 14 different states met at the American Lands Council Multi-State Team Summit in SLC, UT. One of the primary purposes of this meeting was to ratify a Public Policy Statement that all of the states could agree on as we move forward on the Transfer of Public Lands.
The result was a powerful document that should help to dispel the many myths that are floating around about the public lands. Read it for yourself and see why we believe that we can have better Access, Health AND Productivity of our public lands!
Read the Public Policy Statement here and find out for yourself why it was unanimously ratified.
Recently the Center for American Progress conducted a so-called bipartisan poll on whether the public thinks it is a good idea to transfer public lands to state control. The following are Carl Graham’s thoughts on this issue.
This is a silly poll designed by a left wing advocacy group and conducted by a Democratic polling firm to support a specific outcome by asking one-sided questions of very few people. If either the Center for American Progress or the polling company were capable of being embarrassed, there would be enough red on their faces to win a Raggedy Ann contest. But as their purpose was simply to advance a point of view, I’m sure they consider their effort a success.Read more
“There are no losers to what we are going to propose,” said Kane County Commissioner Doug Heaton, a founding member of American Lands Council (ALC).
“Let me be really clear about this,” he said as he explained why he has taken a leadership role in compelling congress to transfer federal lands to the states. “We are not AGAINST anybody. We are FOR managing the resources so we don’t actually burn our forests to the ground, destroy our watersheds, or kill millions of animals in the process. We are FOR not putting more pollution into the environment — than all our industrial processes combined — because of mismanagement and the wildfires that are occurring.Read more
Re-allocating funds from treating and reducing wildfire risk to wildfire suppression will not SOLVE any problems. In fact, it is simply perpetuating the problem, making it bigger and even more out of control. Why do you think we’ve got out-of-control wildfires this season? Why do you think California did not, in fact, see a cessation of “wildfire season,” and it just carried straight on through the winter? Not simply because of the label environmentalists and the government like to throw around, “global warming.”Read more
Within our national borders lie all the resources necessary to improve the lives of each American family.
The potential benefits are many: jobs and energy security, lower heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer, better prices for food, clothing — any item, really, that takes energy to produce and needs to be shipped to your neighborhood stores.
And don’t forget American-grown wood fiber that can reduce construction costs for homes and apartment buildings — yielding lower mortgage or rent payments.Read more
Washington Times, DENVER — Behind the hoopla surrounding Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the Bureau of Land Management is a growing resentment over the federal government’s status as the largest landowner in the West.
“This is so much bigger than one rancher in Nevada,” Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory, who heads the American Lands Council, said in an April 23 online debate sponsored by The Salt Lake Tribune.
How much land does the federal government own? A 2012 Congressional Research Survey said the federal government owns about 640 million acres, or 28 percent of the nation’s land mass. Roughly 90 percent of that property is in the West.
Put another way, one out of every two acres in the West is federally owned. In Nevada, the figure is 81.1 percent; in Alaska, 61.8 percent; in Utah, 66.5 percent; in Oregon, 53 percent. In Connecticut and Iowa, the federal government owns 0.3 percent of the land.Read more
Federal forest policies over the past several decades have drastically restricted the harvesting of timber. In many forests, less the 10% of even the new growth is being harvested from already substantially overgrown forests. This only further increasing the risk and magnitude of catastrophic wildfires. As trees struggle for water and nutrients among a greater density of trees, they are weak and unable to fend off disease and pests – imagine a pen that normally holds 50 cows being crammed with 900-1,000 cows all struggling for the same amount of food and water in that confined space. Our forests are sick and dying all over the west due to failed federal forest policies. This is not the case on state, tribal and privately managed forests where they actively tend the forests “garden” and remove weeds and provide adequate spacing for the the trees.Read more
Montana Senator Jennifer Fielder is fantastic at what she does. She is extremely passionate about lands issues and is a true environmentalist. She recently attended the Western States Legislative Summit which was held on April 17-18, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The purpose of the Summit was to begin collaborations between western states to compel Congress to transfer title of public lands to the states. After the summit she released a press release on the summit and the importance of the transfer of public lands. You can view the original Op-Ed that was published in the Clark Fork Valley Press here or read it below.Read more
For those of you who couldn’t join us live on our webinar we have brought it to you. Click the link at the bottom of the page to watch.
Representative Keven Stratton, Utah House of Representatives
Senator Jennifer Fielder, Montana State Senate
Representative Ken Ivory, Utah House of Representatives
Commissioner Darin Bushman, Piute County UtahRead more