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  • Administration's Public Lands Sales Proposals--Dead on Arrival | Our Public Lands
    to a trickle Most AML dollars went to non mine related facilities more From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Administration s Public Lands Sales Proposals Dead on Arrival Article courtesy of Wyoming Wildlife Federation Staff and the Pronghorn Newsletter In its 2008 proposed budget the Bush administration once again included proposals to sell large amounts of both Bureau of Land Management BLM and National Forest lands despite the drubbing that these and similar proposals received from sportsmen and other public lands advocates in the previous year The fact that these 2008 proposals were basically pronounced dead on arrival when they hit Congress speaks volumes to the work that we all accomplished last year As proposed in the President s budget the U S Forest Service USFS budget contained a plan to sell up to 800 million worth of USFS lands over 1 4 million acres to fund the Secure Rural Schools Act including over 15 000 acres in Wyoming Unlike last year s proposal this one exclusively targeted lands in the eastern portion of Wyoming in the Black Hills and Medicine Bow Routt National Forests as well as the Thunder Basin National Grasslands areas of the state with already low levels of public lands access The BLM budget proposal sought to amend the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act of 2000 to require that 70 percent of the money raised from sales of BLM lands be deposited into the Federal Treasury Currently the proceeds of BLM land sales must be used primarily to acquire other lands for public use such as the purchase

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/about/wyoming/publiclandsselloff (2016-05-01)
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  • Sensible Mining Reform Needed for 137 Year-Old Law | Our Public Lands
    great places More Sensible Mining Reform Needed for 137 Year Old Law America s public lands and the fish and wildlife that they call home are struggling with the effects of a century of hardrock mining Recognizing that an outdated federal law is to blame for much of the damage America s sportsmen and conservationists have for decades set their sights on reforming the 1872 Mining Law WHAT S HAPPENING NOW On April 2nd Senate Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman introduced legislation aimed at modernizing the 1872 mining law the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2009 S 796 The Senate Energy Committee plans to take up this legislation on July 14th Interior Secretary Ken Salazar also supports reform of the legislation stating that There is a new administration in town and we do want to get the 1872 mining law reformed We are committed to that and are committed to deploying significant resources from the Department of Interior to get this done Ask your Senators to support this historic bill Read more about the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2009 Fisher Creek MT Earthworks BACKGROUND The 1872 Mining Law which governs hardrock mining gold copper silver etc on America s public lands was signed into law more than a century ago When the Mining Law was passed following the California gold rush Congress was trying to encourage settlement of the American West by offering free minerals and land to those who were willing to settle out West and mine While the economies cultures and politics have changed in the West during the past 137 years the mining law has not Currently mining companies are allowed to buy up America s public lands for 5 or less per acre Additionally the mining industry unlike coal and oil

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/Mining (2016-05-01)
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  • WELCOME!
    Speak up to protect special places from our Action Center Track how your elected officials are voting on public lands legislation and hold them accountable from our Vote Center Showcase your favorite outdoor experiences by posting your pictures America s public lands our national forests parks wildlife refuges monuments wilderness areas Bureau of Land Management land and rangelands are a uniquely American legacy In all these lands cover over 650 million acres or almost 30 of the nation Public lands provide habitat for more than 600 sensitive or threatened fish wildlife and plant species They also provide a place for sportsmen and other outdoor enthusiasts to recreate More than 516 000 sportsmen hunted on BLM lands in 2002 spending nearly 780 million The value of wildlife viewing activities on BLM lands exceeded 1 4 billion that year Created by National Wildlife Federation this website provides information on public lands issues of both national and state significance Although issues regarding all public lands are featured this site focuses on the western states of Montana 5 Wyoming 6 Colorado 7 and New Mexico 8 where the public lands conservation tradition runs deep Acknowledgements We would like to thank The William Flora Hewlett

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/print/about (2016-05-01)
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  • Valuing Our Western Public Lands: Safeguarding Our Economy and Way of Life | Our Public Lands
    or blocking protections These demands grow louder despite overwhelming public endorsement of conserving the land and documentation of the economic benefits of sustaining the wide open spaces backcountry and fish and wildlife habitat This report summarizes several proposals that would undermine our invaluable public lands legacy and outlines ways people can get involved to ensure the legacy is passed on to future generations Summary Our public lands the bulk of which are in the West have helped shape the character and economy of this country These days the open spaces wildlife forests mountains and remote canyons are valued for more than the commodities timber oil gas coal gold they can produce As the West changes from a largely natural resource based economy to a knowledge and service based economy conserving public lands becomes more important The lands are critical to the expanding tourism and recreation industries people seeking a high quality of life and businesses competing for highly trained professionals Flickr Scott Ingram Photography Several recent studies and surveys found that Many communities near public lands managed for conservation and recreation report higher levels of economic population and income growth and higher property values The outdoor recreation industry including fishing and hunting contributes nearly 650 billion to the U S economy and supports more than 6 million jobs Western public lands provide recreation for people from across the country and world Americans invest nearly 39 billion annually in natural resource conservation resulting in more than 93 billion in direct economic benefits Extractive commodity based industries generate needed materials and energy and provide jobs and revenue but have been cyclical and have become a smaller part of the overall economy Despite the growing body of information showing that conserving public lands makes economic sense and is widely supported by the public battles over how the land is managed rage on Surveys show that efforts to sell the lands to private parties or turn them over to the states are out of touch with the public opinion This report highlights bipartisan support among voters in the Rockies for Conserving public lands as an important part of the economy Protecting air and water quality wildlife habitat unique species Strong environmental laws Ensuring access for hunters and anglers to public lands Surveys show that Two thirds of Western voters believe the laws protecting land air and water should be strengthened or at least better enforced A majority of voters believe environmental laws have a positive effect on such economic factors as business opportunities and job growth Flickr Beth Sargent A section of the report details state and federal proposals that conflict with people s desire to keep public lands in public hands In just the past year legislatures in seven Western states have passed introduced or considered measures demanding that the federal government turn over millions of acres of land to the states Many federal lawmakers are working to weaken or eliminate laws intended to keep great landscapes open to everyone preserve clean air

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/public-lands-report-summary (2016-05-01)
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  • Arizona | Our Public Lands
    have a great appreciation for the importance of the state s public lands with 82 saying public lands in the state support the economy provide recreation opportunities and enhance quality of life rather than being a fiscal burden and preventing creation of jobs in traditional industries Arizonans clearly value the impact public lands have on their economy 88 say public lands are an essential part of Arizona s economy and 69 agree that the state s public lands help attract high quality employers and good jobs Arizona Voters Support Protections for Land Water Air and Wildlife A majority 57 of Arizona voters say that environmentally sensitive places on public lands should be permanently protected from oil and gas drilling A 2012 Arizona poll of small businesses conducted by the Small Business Majority found that 73 support designating more of Arizona s existing public lands as national monuments to help ensure natural areas and water in these regions are protected for future generations Arizona Voters Oppose Proposals to Sell Off Public Lands There is scant support for selling off Arizona s public lands as a way to reduce the nation s budget deficit Only 28 of voters support selling some land as a means of deficit reduction while 67 oppose it Half are strongly opposed Elected Officials Are Out of Touch Far too many of Arizona s public lands are under attack by Congress and the state legislature For example throughout the 112 th and 113 th Congresses elected lawmakers introduced dozens of bills that sought to roll back protections for public lands In addition Arizona is one of seven western states that have passed introduced or explored legislation in the past year demanding that the federal government turn over millions of acres of federal public lands to the state If the sponsors of these proposals succeed in their aims these lands will be used in whatever way the new owner state or private wants to use them This generally means maximizing private profits through resource extraction rather than managing for the long term benefit and use of the public To learn more about why these proposals are problematic read the full report Valuing Our Western Public Lands Safeguarding Our Economy and Way of Life Attempts to Transfer Public Land Out of Public Ownership In the Arizona legislature S B 1332 which was introduced in the spring of 2012 but vetoed by the governor would have required Congress to turn over 25 million acres of public lands to the state by the end of 2014 or the state would have sued Proposition 120 a ballot measure defeated by voters would have amended the state s constitution to declare Arizona s sovereignty and jurisdiction over the air water public lands minerals wildlife and other natural resources within the state s boundaries Several bills proposed in the U S Congress would force the sale of public lands in Arizona American Land Act H R 1017 113 th Congress by Rep Ted Poe R

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/public-lands-report-az (2016-05-01)
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  • Colorado | Our Public Lands
    Eighty two percent 82 of voters in the state plan to visit a national park this year These Coloradans recognize the economic and intrinsic value of public lands and want to see these lands protected for future generations Colorado Voters Recognize That Public Lands Support the Economy The State of the Rockies poll shows that Colorado voters clearly value the impact public lands have on their economy virtually all 98 say they are an essential part of the state s economy and 85 agree that the state s public lands help attract high quality employers and good jobs Seventy nine percent of Coloradans believe public lands in the state support the economy provide recreation opportunities and enhance quality of life rather than being a fiscal burden and preventing creation of jobs in traditional industries Half of Colorado small business owners agree that Colorado s national parks forests monuments and wildlife habitats are essential parts of the state s outdoor culture and quality of life and that they are reasons to run a business there Colorado Voters Support Protections for Land Water Air and Wildlife A solid majority of 54 of Coloradans want environmentally sensitive public lands to be permanently protected from oil and gas production Two thirds of Colorado small business owners support a proposal to establish a national monument at Browns Canyon and the Arkansas River Valley Colorado Voters Oppose Proposals to Sell Off Public Lands Most Coloradans 74 oppose the sale of Colorado s public lands as a way to reduce the nation s budget deficit Elected Officials Are Out of Touch Far too many of Colorado s public lands are under attack by Congress and the state legislature For example throughout the 112 th and 113 th Congresses elected lawmakers introduced dozens of bills that sought to roll back protections for public lands In addition Colorado is one of seven western states that have passed introduced or explored legislation in the past year demanding that the federal government turn over millions of acres of federal public lands to the state If the sponsors of these proposals succeed in their aims these lands will be used in whatever way the new owner state or private wants to use them This generally means maximizing private profits through resource extraction rather than managing for the long term benefit and use of the public To learn more about why these proposals are problematic read the full report Valuing Our Western Public Lands Safeguarding Our Economy and Way of Life Attempts to Transfer Public Land Out of Public Ownership Colorado Senate Bill 13 142 would require the federal government to turn over all agricultural lands to the state by December 31 2014 The bill introduced in January 2013 failed in committee in early February The idea was reintroduced as Senate Joint Resolution 13 031 in April 2013 and failed to pass before the end of the legislative session Several bills proposed in the U S Congress would force the sale of public

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/public-lands-report-co (2016-05-01)
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  • Idaho | Our Public Lands
    2000 2011 Source Headwaters Economics West Is Best Protected Lands Promote Idaho Jobs and Higher Incomes November 2012 http headwaterseconomics org land west is best value of public lands id Idahoans Value Public Lands Several recent studies and surveys show overwhelming public support for national parks and monuments refuges and open range sagebrush steppe and rugged canyon landscapes encompassed by public lands Polls of voters in the Rocky Mountain West show that people recognize the benefits of public lands from the money and jobs generated by tourism hunting fishing and other recreation to the high quality of life that comes with living in scenic areas with clean air and easy access to vacation spots Businesses surveyed recognize that proximity to open spaces wildlife and public parks gives them an advantage in attracting highly qualified employees looking for a desirable place to live and work Westerners also strongly identify with that most American of ideas that public lands provide each of us a place where we are free to hike cast a line watch eagles soar or track an elk through snowy woods Elected Officials Are Out of Touch Far too many of Idaho s public lands are under attack by Congress and the state legislature For example throughout the 112 th and 113 th Congresses elected lawmakers introduced dozens of bills that sought to roll back protections for public lands In addition Idaho is one of seven western states that have passed introduced or explored legisla tion in the past year demanding that the federal government turn over millions of acres of federal public lands to the state If the sponsors of these proposals succeed in their aims these lands will be used in whatever way the new owner state or private wants to use them This generally means maximizing private profits through resource extraction rather than managing for the long term benefit and use of the public To learn more about why these proposals are problematic read the full report Valuing Our Western Public Lands Safeguarding Our Economy and Way of Life Attempts to Transfer Public Land Out of Public Ownership In March 2013 the Idaho Senatepassed House Concurrent Resolution 22 which asks Congress to transfer title for federally owned lands within Idaho s borders to the state government The resolution which would apply to about 16 million acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Managementand the Forest Service has no legal effect Several bills proposed in the U S Congress would force the sale of public lands in Idaho American Land Act H R 1017 113 th Congress by Rep Ted Poe R TX This bill would force the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to sell 8 percent of their respective federal land to the highest bidder annually until 2017 This year alone the two agencies would be forced to sell off nearly 36 million acres of forest and public land to corporate interests Action Plan for Public Lands and Education Act a

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/public-lands-report-id (2016-05-01)
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  • Montana | Our Public Lands
    stay because of the quality of life tied to public lands Montana residents enjoy spending time outside on public lands A 2013 bipartisan poll conducted by the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project showed that a majority of Montana voters 57 hike regularly and 60 are regular campers Seventy one percent 71 of voters in the state plan to visit a national park this year These Montanans recognize the economic and intrinsic value of public lands and want to see these lands protected for future generations Montana Voters Recognize That Public Lands Support the Economy Montana voters clearly value the impact public lands have on their economy an overwhelming majority 91 say they are an essential part of the state s economy and 70 agree that the state s public lands help attract high quality employers and good jobs Seventy two percent 72 of Montana voters believe public lands in the state support the economy provide recreation opportunities and enhance quality of life rather than being a fiscal burden and preventing creation of jobs in traditional industries Montana Voters Support Protections for Land Water Air and Wildlife A solid majority 57 of Montana want environmentally sensitive public lands to be permanently protected from oil and gas production Montana Voters Oppose Proposals to Sell Off Public Lands Voters are strongly opposed to selling off public lands as a way to reduce the deficit with just 27 supporting selling off the land compared to 66 who oppose it Intensity is especially strong as more than half 52 of Montana voters are strongly opposed to selling off public land Elected Officials Are Out of Touch Far too many of Montana s public lands are under attack by Congress and the state legislature For example throughout the 112 th and 113 th Congresses elected lawmakers introduced dozens of bills that sought to roll back protections for public lands If the sponsors of these proposals succeed in their aims these lands will be used in whatever way the new owner state or private wants to use them This generally means maximizing private profits through resource extraction rather than managing for the long term benefit and use of the public To learn more about why these proposals are problematic read the full report Valuing Our Western Public Lands Safeguarding Our Economy and Way of Life Attempts to Transfer Public Land Out of Public Ownership Several bills proposed in the U S Congress would force the sale of public lands in Montana American Land Act H R 1017 113 th Congress by Rep Ted Poe R TX This bill would force the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to sell 8 percent of their respective federal land to the highest bidder annually until 2017 This year alone the two agencies would be forced to sell off nearly 36 million acres of forest and public land to corporate interests Action Plan for Public Lands and Education Act a k a Land Division Act H R 2852

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/public-lands-report-mt (2016-05-01)
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