Why do 'environmental' groups ignore wildfire impact?
Fuller Fire near Grand Canyon National Park, July 2016Read more
In The News, April 6, 2015
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
In The News, March 17, 2015
Op-Ed: Recreation on Public Lands Drives Grand County Economy; Senate Committee Approves Proposals to Transfer Arizona's Federal Lands to State by 2020; Senators Try to Open Sportsmen's Access to Public Lands; Lincoln Day Dinner Presents Ken Ivory.Read more
In the News, March 4, 2014
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
In The News, February 23, 2015
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.Read more
In the News, February 3, 2015
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
Oregon: The Crisis of Budget Cuts
True stories from Cash Strapped counties in Oregon.
In the News, October 29th 2014
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
State Sovereignty is, at its Most Basic, The Control of Land
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
In the News October 28, 2014
Community defends against wildfire; Climate change not responsible for altering forest tree composition; Salvage logging begins after 35,000-acre Oregon wildfireRead more
In the News Sept. 22-Oct 19, 2014
Today's Headlines: EPA water proposal is stirring up Senate race; House Candidates Zinke & Lewis Battle Over Public Lands; Klamath County Proclamation on the Transfer of Public Lands Act; Interior secretary urges Congress to act; Forest Fires Versus Radiation: A Lesson on How to Fail; Why is the U.S. importing coal?; PLC to explore states' involvement in public land management; Forest Service can’t hide its road closure plansRead more
In the News October 16-21 2014
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
Harvey attends American Lands Council conference
Bill Harvey, who will replace Fred Warner Jr. as chairman of the Baker County Board of Commissioners in January, attended last week’s conference of the American Lands Council in Salt Lake City. The topic was transferring public lands to local control.Read more
Oct 2014 Press 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.
#TransferPublicLands “So much bigger than one rancher in Nevada.”
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