Where do the Presidential Candidates Stand on the Transfer of Public Lands?

With Super Tuesday in our rear view mirror, people all over the nation are asking us, "Where do the presidential candidates stand on the Transfer of Public Lands?" This is a great question, and we encourage each and every one of you to ask it of every candidate who seeks your vote, not matter if it is a local, state, or national position they seek.  

We have attempted to contact the campaign headquarters for each of the front-running presidential candidates to give them an opportunity to learn about our position on this issue.  

Over the past several months, several campaigns have taken time to meet with us to hear our views on why federally controlled public lands should be transferred to willing States. Some have followed up with clear public statements on where they stand. Ted Cruz for example, has given several pointed interviews, and even run television ads, expressing his strong support for turning federally controlled public lands over to the states or the people. Marco Rubio expressed his support for transfer in at least one stump speech that was videotaped by an ALC member. Ben Carson candidly acknowledged in a media interview that the lands should be turned over to the states. Trump initially indicated opposition to the idea, but has since admitted he doesn't know very much about the subject and sent his son to gather more information from the American Lands Council and other western leaders. 

Today, we share with you some of the public statements made by front running presidential candidates who have addressed the Transfer of Public Lands question. If and when Presidential candidates release an official statement on this subject to us, we will publish it. For now we relate information we have gathered from media, voting records, and campaign events...

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Sage Grouse and Land Grabs

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Studdert.jpgIf you have lived in the West for any significant amount of time, you are likely aware of the long-standing battle western states have faced with the struggle over the potential ESA listing of the Greater-Sage Grouse, a bird about the size of a football. In this Spring's edition of Range Magazine, Stephen M. Studdert shares his insight into the real motivations behind this federal push, and how with one stroke of a pen, more than a billion acres of public and private land have been taken over by out-of-control federal bureaucrats. 

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Proactive Legislators Work to Protect the Lands

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The Public Lands issue has become the topic of our day in nearly every newspaper, election debate and state capitol around the nation. This week we share with you highlights from recent articles concerning two Utah lawmakers who have made it their priority to be proactive in protecting our public lands for their children and grandchildren. 

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Yes, Public Lands Are a Priority

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By Jennifer Fielder, CEO - American Lands Council

Two years ago, Montana’s Governor nominated 5 million acres of national forest lands in Montana for high priority management actions. It was not 4 wheelers, or men with chainsaws, ranchers with matches, or even armed protesters that threatened these federal lands. It was, and still is, a lack of proper management by our federal government.

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Tennessee Stands for the Transfer of Public Lands

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Why would an eastern state like The Tennessee pass a resolution supporting the Transfer of Public Lands to the Western States? On January 26th, Tennessee Governor Hallam signed a resolution passed by their Legislature calling "on other states to pass a similar resolution in support of the transfer of the federal public lands to the western states."

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The American Lands Council: Meet Our New CEO.

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unnamed.jpg American Lands Council appoints new CEO

SOUTH JORDAN, UT --Montana State Senator Jennifer Fielder has been selected to head up the leading national non-profit organization that has been working to transfer federally controlled public lands to the States. Formed in 2012 by county commissioners, the American Lands Council (ALC) recently asked Fielder to step up as part of a transition plan which has founding President and Utah State Representative Ken Ivory taking on the role of director of the “Free The Lands” Project with Federalism In Action (FIA).

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American Lands Council Appoints New CEO

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I will never forget the first time I ever heard the phrase "transfer of public lands". It was 2012. Ken (Ivory) and I were getting ready in the morning for work (It's OK...I'm his wife) and he announced, "I know what bill I'm going to run this year. I'm going to tell the federal government that they have to transfer the title to our public lands, which they were supposed to do when we became a state." "Cool!", I replied, not really having any idea this would swell to a national movement. In all honesty, I didn't really have much interest in it at the time. I was more interested in getting the kids and I out the door on time. Little did I know that this one bill would change our lives...forever. 

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DC Meeting Sheds Light On Nation's Equality Problem

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Yesterday's meeting, sponsored by The Heritage Foundation, Federalism in Action and the American Lands Council, in Washington DC was a great success.  Numerous organizations and media outlets participated and heard from some of the nation's leading experts on how our public lands play into our states' ability...or inability to have an equal footing with the other states.

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Historic National Western Lands Event

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The American Lands Council is honored to be co-sponsoring, along with The Heritage Foundation and Federalism in Action, one of the most important meetings concerning the management of public lands in the west. On January 19th, some of the greatest minds in America will gather in Washington DC to address the real solution big enough to the economic, environmental, and constitutional crises facing our nation. Through this event, we will have a singular opportunity to continue building an ever-growing  national coalition, and we invite you to be a part of it

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ALC's Statement on the Hammond Ranch Conflict

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Date:       January 6, 2016

Re:         Statement regarding Hammond Ranch Conflict

Contact:    American Lands Council (801) 252-6622 

info@americanlandscouncil.org

www.AmericanLandsCouncil.org

 

In spite of grave injustices levied against the Hammond ranching family, the potentially dangerous standoff that is shaping up in Oregon is not likely to resolve conflicts caused by the federal government’s mismanagement of public lands.

Although we understand the frustration with how the Hammonds and many other rural Americans have been treated by federal land managers, we pray the situation in Oregon is decided peacefully, and that calm reason prevails on all sides.

We at the American Lands Council recognize the current system of federal public land management is failing America in nearly every regard. Significant reforms are necessary to improve public access, environmental health, multiple use, and opportunities for land-based livelihoods. ALC is comprised of hundreds of elected officials, resource experts and volunteers who are working diligently with State, local, and national elected leaders to free the lands from out-of-touch federal bureaucracies through education, legislation, and, if necessary, litigation.

ALC’s Public Policy is centered on transferring federally controlled public lands to the more responsive and accountable state and local governments so the American people can tend our environment locally, thoughtfully, and with common sense. Who better to tend the lands in a state than the people who live there and care the most about the air, water, wildlife, and local communities?

ALC’s tremendous efforts within the policy arena over the past 3 years have proven viable, as evidenced by this recent, ground-breaking legal analysis, this economic study, and favorable legislative efforts in nearly half the states and the U.S. Congress. In recent months, numerous presidential candidates have come out in support of freeing public lands from unaccountable federal bureaucracies and shifting authority to willing states. The National Farm Bureau, National Association of Counties, Republican National Committee, and numerous other organizations also support the lawful transfer of public lands to the states.

Our goal is healthy air, water and wildlife; abundant outdoor recreation opportunities; and safe, vibrant communities. Unfortunately, federal mismanagement of our public lands is producing unhealthy air and water, decimated wildlife, blocked off and destroyed recreation access, and unsafe, economically depressed communities. As the constitutional lines of jurisdiction have become blurred, unfair treatment of American citizens has also become more prevalent.

Under local control, issues like the Hammond ranch legal case would be resolved under state law by local officials, judges, and juries who are accountable to their local communities. As such, conflicts would be better resolved in accordance with the will of the people, and the livelihoods of rural Americans  will no longer be needlessly placed in jeopardy.

We encourage all who desire better public land governance to join ALC and work with friends, neighbors, resource experts, and elected officials to lawfully and peacefully enact reasonable solutions that restore fairness and balance in the way our public lands are managed.

Finally, if “We the People” concentrate our efforts on electing good, wise, and honest representatives who are committed to upholding the U.S. Constitution, we can all live in harmony with what America is said to be… the Land of Liberty.

Feel free to share this info and learn more about the legal, economic, and environmental case for the Transfer of Public Lands at www.AmericanLandsCouncil.org.

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