Recently, an east coast political hit squad who call themselves 'Campaign for Accountability' (CfA), released an article in which their Executive Director, Ann Weismann, regurgitates multiple lines of rhetoric that are not new in the public lands debate, but are no closer to the truth than the first time they were hatched. Fortunately, lies told repeatedly are still just lies and the truth can be proven with facts.Read more
There is an old saying used to describe people who refuse to see the truth. When it comes to the Transfer of Public Lands, there are plenty of eyes "wide shut" to the facts that are clearly and easily understood, if only those eyes would open.Read more
Dispelling Myths about the Transfer of Public Lands
This week, Utah's governor, Gary Herbert went toe-to-toe with Republican challenger and Chairman of Overstock.com, Jonathan Johnson, in their first and only debate before the Republican Convention to take place on Saturday, April 23rd. Several important issues were discussed, but among the most important was the issue of the Transfer of Public Lands and whether or not the state should move forward in filing suit against the federal government to gain ownership of a large portion of public lands within the state.Read more
Rangers propose year round camping ban
Springtime is here. Most enjoy the beautiful flowers, hope for frequent showers and love watching the earth turn green again after the long winter months. However, for those living in the West, there is also a trepidation of the coming summer months, when the waters dissipate, the heat of summer months intensifies, and the mounds of excess dead timber, blanketing the forest floors, lie in consternation, knowing that a lightening strike or stray spark will sent untold acres into a blazing catastrophic fire, destroying wildlife, watershed and personal property for decades to come.Read more
Recently, Senator Ted Cruz was interviewed on the Doug Wright show in Utah in preparation for his campaign stop in the state. In this 11 minute interview, several topics were covered, but in the last two minutes, Senator Cruz addressed the issue of the public lands.
We share this interview with you and invite all presidential candidates to share their view on this crucial topic with the American Lands Council, and will share them with you if/when they become available.Read more
During the 2016 Utah Legislative Session, an important step forward was taken to prepare the state for the time when Utah may be managing their own public lands. With 47 cosponsors, and overwhelming support, HB276 Utah Public Land Management Act sets up some of the organizational structure that will be needed within the state to ensure proper management if the state is successful in compelling Congress to honor the same promises that it made and kept with all states east of Colorado. It would become effective when a minimum of 100,000 acres of federal land is transferred from the federal government to the state of Utah.
HB276 passed both the House and the Senate and now awaits the signature of the governor. However, some who seem intent upon undermining the Transfer of Public Lands now claim that this bill actually is a sort of "bait and switch" plan that somehow undermines the jurisdiction of our local sheriff's. But a careful and educated review of the bill proves that this bill in no way weakens the jurisdiction and power of county sheriffs, and in fact strengthens their ability to protect the citizens within their borders.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.John Adams, 'Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,' December 1770
Recently, Colorado College released a 2016 Conservation in the West Poll, where statistics were twisted to meet the needs of those administering the survey. Matt Anderson, who heads Sutherland Institute's Center for Self-Government in the West project, published a recent article exposing this "survey" for what it really was, "...a push poll that biases results and does not accurately represent how Utahns feel about federal land management."