Fuller Fire near Grand Canyon National Park, July 2016Read more
State Officials Upset with U.S. Forest Service Cuts Want Wisconsin to Manage the Forests; Forest Service is Mismanaging our Public Lands; Land Transfer Resolution Passes through Nevada Senate.Read more
In the battle to transfer the public lands to all willing western states, there are many battles to be fought and sometimes it can feel like an uphill battle in the pouring rain. But this week, there is good news to be had and a list of elected officials who deserve our thanks!Read more
The U.S. Department of Land-Hogging; Rep. Rob Bishop Plans Public Lands Hearings on Federal Ownership; Visiting State Rep. Speaks at GOP Dinner; Amodei Introduces Large-Scale Land Transfer Bill; Letter: Stewards of Our Forests; Public Lands Debate Marred by Camouflaged Activists; Nevadans Should Have Say on Land Management Policy; Letter: Forest Service Missteps Erode Confidence in Organization;Read more
Public Lands Debate Marred by Camouflaged Activists; Nevadans Should Have a Say on Land Management Policy; Federal Land Management Not a Good Deal for Americans; Idaho House OKs Interstate Federal Lands Transfer Compact; Forest Service to Hold Open House On Off-Highway Vehicle Use for Lake Tahoe; Federal Public Land Transfers Get a Congressional Boost; County Joins Lands Council; Despite Dems' Misdirection, House Approves Entry Into Federal Lands Group.Read more
Chairman Tom McClintock Opening Statement at the Subcommittee on Federal Lands Oversight Hearing Says Rampant Land Acquisitions are Devastating Tax Bases; New Fracking Rules: Wyoming Drills Most on Federal Lands; Hardy Introduces LAND Act.Read more
Burkett: Land Transfer Makes Sense; Map: Forest-Heavy Idaho Counties Take $26 Million Hit Without SRS; Committee Hears Bill on State Control of Federal Land; Commentary: Studies Contradict Opponents of Land Transfer; Who Will Control Utah's Public Lands?; Whose Forest is it? Bills Seek to Promote State Sovereignty Over Land; Commissioners Urge Land Management Study; Bill to Study Federal Land Management Passes Wyoming House.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Throughout the United States, several states are working simultaneously on bills to help improve the health, access, and productivity of our public lands. These bills are helping to look towards the transfer of those public lands to the states wherein they lie, as a means to help preserve them for generations to come, while still providing for the access we all cherish and the productivity we rely on.Read more
Stop Public Land Sales, Start Studying Transfer; Letter: What are Public Lands?; Battle Brewing Over Changes to Public Land Rules; Thompson Falls Lawmaker Presents Bill Transferring Federal Land Management to State; Editorial Board: Discussion Needed on State Land Use; Bedke Says Law to Extend Federal Lands Committee Coming.Read more
Obstruction or Obligation? The Case for and Against Environmental Litigation; Federal Land Bill Calls for Expansion of Red Rock Canyon; National Forest Looks to Cut Public, Private Boundaries for Project.Read more
The South Carolina Resolution for the Transfer of Federal Lands; New Mexico Lawmaker: State, Not Feds, Should Manage its Land; Studying Public Land Transfer Next Step for Montana; Editorial: Nevada Representatives Propose Anti-Babbitt Bill; Federal Land Ownership Not Supported by Constitution; This Federal Government Land Grab Would Permanently Lock Up Millions of Alaska Acres with Energy Potential.Read more
Bills Target Federal Land Ownership in State; States Challenge Federal Control of Western Lands; Rural Counties Dealing with Loss of Federal Dollars; Congress Not Looking Out for Rural Communities; Republicans Warn Obama Against More National Monuments in Nevada.Read more
Washington State Introduces Legislation to Fight Federal Landgrabs; How the Feds Lied to Help Kill an Oyster Business in California; Federal Bureau of Land Management Chief Michael Herder Settling into New Position in Ely.Read more
Research conducted by Intertech Research for the Nevada Public Lands Task Force.
Research tables providing statistics on Nevada's Public Lands revenue by Intertech Research.Read more
Final report from the Nevada Public Lands Task Force.
Today's Headlines: Tomorrow's listing decision for Gunnison grouse will ruffle feathers; New organization to help reduce wildfire threat; State, county leaders push for park expansion in San Rafael Swell; San Marcos Wilderness Park Growing; Video: Veterans Day tribute showcases America’s public lands; A perplexing direction taken on BLM lands; Idaho BLM's new artist-in-residence program shows off wildlands in a new wayRead more
A summary of 2013 TPL legislation in the western states by Swenson Strategies, IncRead more
AN ACT relating to public lands; creating the Nevada Land Management Task Force to conduct a study addressing the transfer of public lands in Nevada from the FederalRead more
Before Nevada joined the Union in 1864, the U.S. Congress explicitly promised more than twoRead more
Today's Headlines: Forest Service Photo Rules Won't Apply to Media; Searching for clues in case of missing San Gabriels National Monument: Larry Wilson; Our federal landlord has done Colorado no favors; "Our Energy Policy is Insane: This is the Inconvenient Truth”; San Bernardino National Forest Signs Record of Decision for Land Management Plan Amendment; BLM plan would tag more of Southern Nevada for protection; Land users angry about land swap, county may consider alternatives; Guest Opinion: Forest Service filming rules need to goRead more
Grant Gerber has done so much for his nation. We will miss him.Read more
Today's Headlines: Openshaw: Mr. Bureaucrat, may I please have a drink of water?; Healthy Public Lands Mean Healthy Economies | Commentary; Reader View: Feds are the real land-grabbers; BLM plans controlled burns this month; Dianne Feinstein may ask Obama to bypass Congress to protect Mojave sites; Possible fee increases at local National ParksRead more
Court case over the proper jurisdiction of public land within Nye County, NVRead more
Today's Headlines: Tale of the West and beyond: Where laws end, tyranny begins; DuBois Column; PILT payment needs to be guarantee; Landgrab: Idaho couple fights long land battle with BLM; State lawmaker wants to take over BLM-managed Little Sahara; A new push for protecting public lands in the desert; New Maps Promote Lake Mead National Recreation Area's "Accessible Wilderness"; This Beautiful Bird Might Thwart the Oil and Gas Industry's Drilling PlansRead more
Today's Headlines: The celebration of the sesquicentennial of Nevada’s ‘statehood’ may be a bit premature; A Public Lands Controversy In The Great American West; Group wants environmental reviews ahead of grazing; The BLM fails to provide public records; Legal scholars challenge underpinnings of Utah’s public lands campaignRead more
Today's Headlines: Sen. Reid quietly moves to block development of 800,000 acres in central Nevada; Ranchers talk transferring fed's land to states; State Sovereignty at Its Most Basic: Control of Land; Feeling pushed by lands ‘poll’? Sutherland Soapbox, 10/21/14Read more
by Karla Jones
State sovereignty at its most basic is the ability of a state to control its own land. Earlier this month, 95 state and locally elected officials joined a variety of experts from 14 states in Salt Lake City to draft and ratify a statement calling for land currently held by the federal government to be transferred to the states. Officials at the summit included Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell; Utah Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart and state Senator Jennifer Fielder of Montana.Read more
Today's Headlines: Cattlemen express concerns about wilderness area use designations; Western Legal Group Faults Endangered Species Act Regulations; Beauprez Pins State’s Success To Local Control, Hands-Off Government; County to present its case for transfer of federal land; Guest opinion: States would do better job of managing federal lands; Wyoming outdoors: Access program opens private land to hunters; November kicks off burn season; Commentary: Grazing opponents' statements misrepresent factsRead more
Today's Headlines: Commissioner pleads not guilty to charges stemming from ATV protest ride; Richard Leib: Just Leave Us Alone; Simpson Makes Another Run at Central Idaho Wilderness; Grazing Wars: Grass March Cowboys Ride to Capitol Hill; SAN GABRIELS: Locals have mountains of questions on new monument; Lawmakers vent to feds, assert forest fire inaction; The West’s Fight for Self-Government; BLM Employees Charged Taxpayers $799,000 for 'Gift Cards'; Commissioner Leads Charge For County to Jump in Water Lawsuit; Harvey attends American Lands Council conference
This 34 minute Press Conference answers many of the questions people have about the Transfer of Public Lands. Share this with your friends, family colleagues and elected officials and help dispel the myths.
“There are no losers to what we are going to propose,” said Kane County Commissioner Doug Heaton, a founding member of American Lands Council (ALC).
“Let me be really clear about this,” he said as he explained why he has taken a leadership role in compelling congress to transfer federal lands to the states. “We are not AGAINST anybody. We are FOR managing the resources so we don’t actually burn our forests to the ground, destroy our watersheds, or kill millions of animals in the process. We are FOR not putting more pollution into the environment — than all our industrial processes combined — because of mismanagement and the wildfires that are occurring.Read more
Washington Times, DENVER — Behind the hoopla surrounding Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the Bureau of Land Management is a growing resentment over the federal government’s status as the largest landowner in the West.
“This is so much bigger than one rancher in Nevada,” Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory, who heads the American Lands Council, said in an April 23 online debate sponsored by The Salt Lake Tribune.
How much land does the federal government own? A 2012 Congressional Research Survey said the federal government owns about 640 million acres, or 28 percent of the nation’s land mass. Roughly 90 percent of that property is in the West.
Put another way, one out of every two acres in the West is federally owned. In Nevada, the figure is 81.1 percent; in Alaska, 61.8 percent; in Utah, 66.5 percent; in Oregon, 53 percent. In Connecticut and Iowa, the federal government owns 0.3 percent of the land.Read more