By Commissioner Jim Chmelik
Idaho County, Idaho
Saying Idaho Deputy Attorney General Steve Strack has the final word on the legality of disposing public lands is like saying Stephen Douglas had the final words in his defense of slavery during his presidential debates against Abraham Lincoln.Read more
The fight over land ownership between states and the federal government in the US has been brewing for over a century now, as the feds own much of the land in this country. Originally, the feds took much land with the supposed intention of giving it back to the states, but they've failed to do that over the past 100 years. Now, Utah wants its land back, as the feds own about 65% of the state. They've given the feds until Dec 31 to give them back their land, and the feds show no interest in complying. Get the popcorn ready - it's time to fight over land rights in the US. The Resident discusses.Read more
Summary of the Utah Economic Analysis on Public Lands released December 2014.Read more
Complete report by Utah State University, University of Utah, and Weber State University proving that Utah CAN afford to manage it's own public lands.Read more
Research conducted by Intertech Research for the Nevada Public Lands Task Force.
Research tables providing statistics on New Mexico's Public Lands revenue by Intertech Research.
Research tables providing statistics on Nevada's Public Lands revenue by Intertech Research.Read more
Research tables providing statistics on Utah's Public Lands revenue by Intertech Research.
Research tables providing statistics on Arizona's Public Lands revenue by Intertech Research.
Research tables providing statistics on Idaho's Public Lands revenue by Intertech Research.
Final report from the Nevada Public Lands Task Force.
Becky Ivory introduces Sutherland's Legal Review of UT's HB148, the Transfer of Public Lands Act. This paper was released on 12-5-13.
Former Senator Jim DeMint stands up for state's rights and encourages states to "push back" against federal encroachments.
True stories from Cash Strapped counties in Oregon.
In the video below, Montana's own, Carl Graham, and Utah Representative Rob Bishop discuss the significance of this effort. Take in this informative discussion and be better prepared to talk about this with your friends and colleagues.
Senator Jennifer Fielder presents the findings of a county survey on public lands in accordance to Montana's SJ 15, Interim Study on Public Lands Management.
Personal Stories from Duchesne County Commissioner Kent Peatross on federal mismanagement.Read more
Personal stories from San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman on federal mismanagement.Read more
Personal Stories from Box Elder County Commissioner Stan Summers on federal mismanagement.Read more
American Lands Council Press Conference from the October 2014 multi state public lands conference.
Ken Ivory visiting with Rod Arquette about the White Paper entitled "A Legal Analysis of the Transfer of Public Lands Movement" by Robert Keiter and John Ruple. Ken discusses the failures in their paper and the reasons they have failed to see the big picture.
Federalism is an often misunderstood term in our country, but it is vital to preserving the freedom of all men.Read more
Many opponents of TPL say "the states were offered their lands before and turned them down. They can't get them back now." Many people have a similar question: were the states offered their lands before? Rep. Ken Ivory gives the complete answer in this video.
A discussion of proper jurisdiction among State and Federal agencies on Wall Builders Live with David Barton, Rick Green, and Ken Ivory.
Like most things, the key to a successful transfer of public lands is educating our leaders and neighbors.
Many ask why there is a difference between states east and west of Colorado. U.S. Senator Mike Lee and UT Representative Ken Ivory explain that there shouldn't be a difference because the Promises are the Same.
Ken Ivory explains Utah's House Bill 148, passed in 2012, The Transfer of Public Lands Act.
Kane County, Utah Commissioner Doug Heaton explains what the American Lands Council is all aboutRead more
Ken Ivory explains that it's not only possible, its already been done!Read more
TPL is all about giving states claim to their Constitutionally given sovereignty.Read more
Dispelling the myth that the states didn't want to claim their lands backRead more
There is an obvious difference between states east and west of Colorado. But, there shouldn't be because the Promises are the SameRead more
An overview of the constitutional arguments for and against TPLA.Read more
There is no doubt about it: state control of public lands is vital to education fundingRead more
Sen. Murkowski (R-AK) states why the Federal Government needs to transfer lands to the statesRead more
Alan Gardner and Ken Ivory give an update on the second anniversary of the signing of the Transfer of Public Lands Act.Read more
Ken Ivory and Alan Gardner explain what will happen to the lands once they are transferred to state control: Federal Public Lands become State Public LandsRead more
A perfect description of Federalism from Disney/Pixar's "A Bug's Life."Read more
Sequestration is a strange word. Find out what it really means!
Sevier County UT Commissioner Gordon Topham illustrates one benefit of TPLA
The federal government is in serious financial trouble but how big is the problem?Read more
There are a lot of myths surrounding TPLA. Find the truth here.
Ken Ivory explains what would happen to the money if any lands are sold through the Transfer of Public Lands Act.
Former UT Governor Dern's Speech in reaction to the federal government offering only surface rights to western statesRead more
How will state and local management be different from federal management? Commissioner Jim Matson of Kane
Former UT Governor Dern comments on the harm done to schools through federal lands policyRead more
Excerpts from 1828 Public Lands Committee on the issue of public landsRead more
By looking at a map it is obvious that states east of Colorado are treated different than states west of Colorado. Why is this?
Excerpt from 1833 Committee hearing discussing granting land to Ohio and other statesRead more
Arkansas's efforts to obtain public lands in order to support schoolsRead more
Florida's application to obtain more of its public landsRead more
See why the Transfer of Public Lands is The Only Solution Big Enough to fund education, protect our public lands, our
Application of Illinois to obtain more public landsRead more
Indiana's application to claim all public lands within its bordersRead more
Louisiana's application for all public lands within its bordersRead more
Application of Missouri for disposal of all public lands within its bordersRead more
Efforts in Florida to expedite the disposal of public landsRead more
The desire for states to control their own public lands is not new. Check it out in these excerptsRead more
The desire for states to control their own public lands is not newRead more
A comparison of North Dakota's (5% federal lands) and Utah's (67% federal lands) Enabling Acts. (Hint: They are nearly identical)Read more
Vol II JURISDICTION OVER FEDERAL AREAS WITHIN THE STATES REPORT OF THE INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE FOR THE STUDY OF JURISDICTION OVER FEDERAL AREAS WITHIN THERead more
Vol 1 JURISDICTION OVER FEDERAL AREAS WITHIN THE STATES REPORT OF THE INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE FOR THE STUDY OF JURISDICTION OVER FEDERAL AREAS WITHIN THE STATES
Jurisdictional Report on Federal Lands within UtahRead more
President Andrew Jackson had strong feelings toward Public Lands. Read his StatementRead more
Chief Sponsor: Keven J. Stratton; Senate Sponsor: David P. HinkinsRead more
Chief Sponsor: Keven J. Stratton; Senate Sponsor: Evan J. VickersRead more
Chief Sponsor: Ken Ivory; Senate Sponsor: David P. HinkinsRead more
Overview of UT's 2014 HB 164: "Interstate Compact on Transfer of Public Lands"Read more
Overview of UT's 2014 HB 149: "Amendments to Federal Law Enforcement Limitations"Read more
Article That Appeared in Forbes Magazine in August of 2013. Feds Need to Let Up, and Give To Utah What is Utah'sRead more
Excerpts taken from the 1932 Congressional Hearings on Granting Remaining Unreserved Public Lands to the StatesRead more
This US Natural Resource Committee reports that state mgmt is far superior to the current failed federal policiesRead more
Resolution from 1780 addressing the federal government's method of disposing public landsRead more
"A Memorial asking for a More Liberal National Policy in the Disposition of the Public Domain and Urging that the Natural Resources of the State of UtahRead more
Utah's effort in 1945 to limit federal power over public landsRead more
Letter to the UT Governor issued by the Western Growth Coalition urging action toward the Transfer of PublicRead more
Ken Ivory talks about property rights and prosperity in this short video.