ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the nation's largest American Indian tribes is planning to sue over damages caused by a massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado.Read more
Chiricahua National MonumentRead more
Fuller Fire near Grand Canyon National Park, July 2016Read more
This week we wish to share with you a very well-written Op-ed written by Montana Senator Jennifer Fielder, written in response to dirty politics being played by those who oppose the Transfer of Public Lands. Please look into the details for yourself and discover the revealing truth behind the actions of these political bullies.Read more
FOR RELEASE: JUNE 1, 2015
FROM: AMERICAN LANDS COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
You've likely seen the outrageous "fraud" allegation in the Salt Lake Tribune Headline yesterday. Now you can hear both sides from the Trib Talk interview today.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 Property and Environmental Research Center has released a report entitled "Divided Lands: State vs. Federal Management in the West."
"Nearly half of the western United States is owned by the federal government. In recent years, several western states have considered resolutions demanding that the federal government transfer much of this land to state ownership. These efforts are motivated by concerns over federal land management, including restrictions on natural resources development, poor land stewardship, limitations on access, and low financial returns.
"This study compares state and federal land management in the West. It examines the revenues and expenditures associated with federal land management and compares them with state trust land management in four western states: Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, and Arizona. The report explains why revenues and expenditures differ between state and federal land agencies and discusses several possible implications of transferring federal lands to the states."Read more
PERC Issues Timely Report on Federal Lands Mismanagement; Senators McCain and Flake Urge President Obama Not to Designate More National Monuments in AZ; Interior, Agriculture Departments Unveil Initiative to Make More Data About Public Lands Available.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
Earlier this month, the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) released a Working Paper of Public Lands Report. This independent study compares state and federal land management in the West. It examines the revenues and expenditures associated with federal land management and "compares them with state trust land management in four western states: Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, and Arizona. The report explains why revenues and expenditures differ between state and federal land agencies and discusses several possible implications of transferring federal lands to the states."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
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.Read more
Research tables providing statistics on Arizona's Public Lands revenue by Intertech Research.
A summary of 2013 TPL legislation in the western states by Swenson Strategies, IncRead more
By Shirley Dye, Payson Unified School District Board Member, Payson, Arizona, February 2014
Why do I tie these two topics together? Because Arizona used to have plenty of money for education (as if $9,000 per child and $225,000 per a classroom of 25 wasn’t enough), but the federal government overreach has led to a decline in tax proceeds from public land use for education funding. By acquiring the public lands that were supposed to be transferred to us in 1912 at Statehood, Arizona would have a lot more land under production. Tax revenues from these lands could fund our Schools without the use of Federal money and all the strings.Read 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: 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
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.