American Lands Council is a non-profit organization made up of individuals, counties, businesses, organizations, and community leaders; it is leading the charge to secure better access, better health, and better productivity of our public lands through local stewardship.
There are many myths and misunderstandings being touted about the Transfer of Public Lands movement. This page clearly outlines the facts about this issue and our goals.
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The policy statement in its entirety can be found
ALC Public Policy Statement:
One of the best resources for clearing up any misinformation is the American Lands Council Policy Statement. The American Lands Council public policy statement in regards to the Transfer of Public Lands was drafted and ratified by over 100 leaders from 14 states as well as the American Lands Council Board of Directors. The policy statement covers the basics of what we believe and what goals we hope to achieve.
1. WE URGE THE TIMELY AND ORDERLY TRANSFER OF FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDS TO WILLING STATES FOR LOCAL CONTROL THAT WILL PROVIDE BETTER PUBLIC ACCESS, BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, AND BETTER ECONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY;
2. WE SUPPORT EXCLUDING EXISTING NATIONAL PARKS, CONGRESSIONALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS, INDIAN RESERVATIONS, AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS FROM THE TRANSFER; AND
3. WE SUPPORT EQUIPPING FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL AGENCIES WITH RESOURCES NECESSARY TO PLAN FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO STATE-BASED OWNERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT OF THE TRANSFERRED PUBLIC LANDS; AND
4. WE URGE MANAGEMENT PRIORITIES FOR THESE LANDS THAT WILL: IMPROVE PUBLIC ACCESS; IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH; IMPROVE ECONOMIC PRODUCTIVITY; RETAIN PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF PUBLIC LANDS; IMPROVE EFFICIENCY OF WILDFIRE CONTROL; INCREASE LOCAL INVOLVEMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY; PROTECT USE RIGHTS; PRESERVE CUSTOMS & CULTURE; INCORPORATE FEDERAL AGENCY EXPERTISE; GENERATE SELF-SUPPORTING FINANCE.
In addition to our Policy Statement there are many other resources to help answer your questions and explain the facts. Click the buttons below to explore resources such as Frequently Asked Questions, the Key Points of the Transfer of Public Lands, and a video presentation.