We all want a healthy environment, abundant outdoor recreation, and safe, vibrant communities. But distant, unaccountable federal control over half of all land in western America is too often producing just the opposite. It's time that Congress #HonorThePromise of Statehood, #RestoreBalance, and #TransferPublicLands to willing States so we can tend our public lands more like a park or a garden and less like a "hands-off, don't touch" Washington DC museum.
American Lands Council is a nonprofit association of elected officials, resource experts, public land users, and citizens who support locally-driven, accountable stewardship of our public lands. We are leading the charge to secure better access, better health, and better productivity of our public lands through reducing inefficient federal bureaucracy and increasing local control and direct accountability to the people who live in and near the affected areas.
Most States are fully capable of managing their own lands and resources, and no group of people cares more about the air, water, wildlife, and communities than the people who live right there and are affected by these decisions every day.
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The ALC Public 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.