Skip to comments.Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover
Posted on 04/19/2014 10:50:26 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
Its time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utahs Capitol on Friday.
More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.
"Its simply time," said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. "The urgency is now."
Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented.
The summit was in the works before this months tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said.
"Whats happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem," Lockhart said.
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Why were the meetings behind closed doors ?
Call to action: Man the phones, send the letters!
How long before Harry calls them domestic terrorists?
And look for them to back down as soon as the FED tells them to shut up or lose many of their Federal funds.
All those years of states getting Federal funds has been like an addict getting his/her fixes. The states are too dependent on those funds.
You seldom want to hold a strategy session in public. Kind of defeats the purpose.
Wow. This is a good start.
Is this just more talk and no action. I’ll wait and see.
Is this the COWS group that spoke from the ranch or another group?
Included would be ALL land for ALL federal uses and ALL land restricted to others by the feds, including military bases, federal buildings, training facilities, protected habitat, wetlands, national parks, etc.
National highways open for public use could be excluded.
Something like a maximum of 5% of total land area in each state would be a good place to start.
Well, it is not exactly politically correct. An American Chechen war for oil ahead? Hmm.... bring it on Bambi
I don’t know, but it’s coming out now and we can make a difference. This is a constitutional battle. Federalism. Self-rule. Local government. States rights.
All federally held public land was supposed to have been released by the feds when the states entered the union. It’s long past time to get the feds OUT! End the federal environmental fascist tyranny and terrorism against miners, loggers, ranchers, farmers, fisheries, drillers, manufacturers, processors, settlers, Indians, recreational users, and all other users of public lands within a state. The states and the people within the states have constitutional right to make all decisions regarding the use of public lands within their borders!
Federals need to butt OUT!! The BLM should be dissolved. Let the forest service and the park service manage legally established national parks and leave all public land to the states and the people per the Constitution,
Patriots: Defend the Constitution! Defend Liberty!
50 western state lawmakers seek votes from conservatives.
The feds are going bankrupt. Fiat money does not pay. Oil development without federal bambi red tape causing inflation will work better for state revenues.
All you have to do is go to the link and read the ignorant comments and you will know in an instant why.
“And look for them to back down as soon as the FED tells them to shut up or lose many of their Federal funds.”
Right - this will be the test; this will be where the rubber meets the road.
But my bet will be on the states not backing down.
These are the same pubic officials, for the most part, who sat on their hands while spotted owls and envirofreeks destroyed our timber industry. What they’re saying makes sense but they have a long way to go to establish some level of credibility. Part of establishing same credibility is to nail down ways to guarantee long-term security to people who want to harvest trees, for instance. I damm sure wouldn’t want to finance a lumber mill if I wasn’t sure I’d have logs for the next 20 years at least. In Oregon these lands are supposed to finance our schools but not a single school official or other elected doofus stood up against the tiedied crowd——they let the whole thing collapse. So they have a really big hill to climb.
If the carpet is yanked from under the feds and BLM, wouldn’t one of the happy consequences be to give the EPA a stiff middle finger, too? Most of us in the southern and southwestern states would love that as well...
Absolutely. The EPA has no legal constitutional authority anyway. Shut it down! It’s pure fascist tyranny!