In the News, March 4, 2014

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How the Forest Service is Shortchanging Local Schools, Townships; Legislators to Host Local Meeting; Senator Slams Management of US Forest Service System; Satellites Give Scientists Unprecedented Views of Insects Outbreaks in Forests; Proposed State Control of Federal Public Lands Divides Nevada Interests; House OKs Bill to Expand Forest Fire Damage Assessments; Your lands, Your Treasure: Get Involved; Lands Transfer Study Advances in Wyoming House; The Top States at Risk for Wildfire Damage: Report.

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Dixie Chapter of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife passed Resolution of Support

We are excited to announce that the Dixie chapter of Sportsmen for Fish and wildlife has passed a resolution in support of the transfer of public lands! This resolution officially sets out the negative impacts to access, health, and productivity from one size fails all federal policies and management. 

 

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Mineral County, MT Passes Resolution of Support

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We are excited to announce that Mineral County, Montana has passed a resolution in support of the transfer of public lands! This resolution officially sets out the negative impacts to access, health, and productivity from one size fails all federal policies and management. 

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Alaska, Allies in West Have a Case to Win Land from Uncle Sam

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By Mead Treadwell

Our Arctic neighbors -- Canada's Yukon and the Northwest Territories and Denmark's Greenland recently received control of land within their borders from national governments. In America's big public land states, it could be our turn. Inspired by attempts by other Western states, House Speaker Mike Chenault and Reps. Craig Johnson, Wes Keller, Charisse Millett, Kurt Olson, and Dave Talerico have introduced HB 115. Like laws passed or considered in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, and Montana, it demands Alaska own most federal land not now in national parks or military bases. The bills' first hearing is Friday.

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In The News, February 24, 2015

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Monument or Wilderness? It Makes a Difference to Bikers; State Moves Forward on federal Public Lands Bid; For Pollution's Sake; Study of Federal Lands Proceeds through Wyoming House.

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In The News, February 23, 2015

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Montana Can Manage Land Better than Feds; Daines Confident U.S. Can Pass Forest Management Reform; Oregon Might Lose Wildfire Insurance; Rural Western Montana Counties Struggling Mightily with budgets after Loss of Federal Funds.

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In the News, February 19, 2015

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Today's Headlines:

Commentary: Hardy Expects to See Action on Federal Land Issues; Local Management of Idaho Lands: Is There a Better Path Forward?; Bill in Alaska Legislature Seeks Transfer of Federal Lands to State Control; Hill Assails Obama's latest Executive Land Grab; Montanans Need to Control Public Lands in Montana; The Federal Lands Freedom Act: Empowering States to Control Their Own Energy Futures; Back Better Management of Public Land.

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In The News, February 17, 2015

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Today's Headlines:

Missouri: Transfer of Public Lands Champion; Op-ed: Despite Rhetoric, Utah is Quite Capable of Managing Federal Lands; Public Safety Concerns Prompt Emergency Wild Horse Roundup; Rural Lawmakers Back Federal Land Transfer Report; Debate Over Idaho Public Lands Management Sees Shift; Policy Not Politics Should Fuel Public Land Debate; Bills Call for Task Force to Study Federal Land Transfer; Public Lands Issue Debated in Montana Legislature.

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In the News, February 13, 2015

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New Mexico Bill Calls for study of Controlling Federal Land; States Would be Better Stewards of Most Federal Lands.

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Divided Lands: State vs. Federal Management in the West

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By Holly Fretwell and Shawn Regan

There is a great divide in the United States. Land in the East is mostly privately owned, while nearly half of the land in the West is owned by the federal government. In recent years, several western states have passed, introduced, or considered resolutions demanding that the federal government transfer much of this land to state ownership. These efforts are motivated by local concerns over federal land management, including restrictions on natural resource development, poor land stewardship, limitations on access, and low financial returns.

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