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  • Colorado sportsmen hail demise of public-land takeover bills | Our Public Lands
    Conservation Fund Legislation master leasing plans Mississippi Delta Montana Montana Wildlife Federation Mule Deer National Defense Authorization Act national forest National Forests national monument national monuments national parks National Wildlife Fedeartion National Wildlife Federation NDAA Nevada Nevada Legislature Nevada Wildlife Federation New Mexico New Mexico Wildlife Federation Newsletter oil oil and gas oil and gas drilling oil and gas industry oudoor recreation our public lands outdoor recreation outdoor recreation industry Outdoors Piceance Basin President Obama public access public land public lands rafting recreation renewable energy Roan Plateau Rocky Mountain Regional Center Rocky Mountain West Sage grouse Sage grouse habitat sagebrush Sagebrush Rebellion Sen Mark Udall Sen Martin Heinrich Sen Michael Bennet SHOT Show shutdown solar energy South Carolina sportsmen Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development sportswomen state legislatures State of the Union state trust lands timber harvest U S Forest Service Utah Vanishing Paradise wilderness Wilderness Act wildfire wildlife Wyoming Wyoming Wildlife Federation 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 Archives May 2013 2 July 2013 1 September 2013 1 October 2013 2 November 2013 1 January 2014 2 February 2014 3 March 2014 4 April 2014 1 May 2014 1 Pages 1 2 3 next last Colorado sportsmen hail demise of public land takeover bills By Judith Kohler May 4 2015 Image Lew Carpenter With the death of a bill intended to give the state of Colorado concurrent jurisdiction over national public lands hunters and anglers bid good riddance to attempts by some lawmakers to undermine an outdoor heritage crucial to hunting fishing recreation Colorado s economy and its way of life The Colorado House Agriculture Committee voted Monday to indefinitely postpone action on Senate Bill 39 killing the legislation for this session Last week the Senate rejected SB232 which would have formed a commission to study and make recommendations about the state assuming control of millions of acres now managed by the federal government Members of sportsmen s organizations representing thousands of Coloradans expressed gratitude to the legislators who stood up for public lands and defeated proposals that if enacted could have led to the loss of fish and wildlife habitat and hunting fishing and recreation opportunities as more of the land was developed or sold to cover management costs They noted that hunting fishing wildlife watching and tourism make up an important cornerstone of local economies statewide and that public lands help support Colorado s annual 13 2 billion outdoor recreation economy Trout Unlimited represents thousands of anglers in Colorado who are frustrated and outraged by these legislative attempts to sell off our American public lands said Aaron Kindle Colorado field coordinator for TU s Sportsmen s Conservation Project We re glad that Colorado lawmakers have killed these bills and we hope they understand that they ve awakened a sleeping giant

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/blog/colorado-sportsmen-hail-demise-public-land-takeover-bills (2016-05-01)
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  • Why is the Greater sage-grouse part of a defense spending bill? | Our Public Lands
    backpacking big game Bighorn sheep BLM Brad Powell Browns Canyon Bureau of Land Management camping Chris Armstrong Colorado Colorado Wildlife Federation Congress conservation drilling education funding energy development fish fishing fly fishing forest fire fracking gas government shutdown greater sage grouse Greater sage grouse habitat Hiking HUNT Act hunters hunting Interior Department Land Water Conservation Fund Legislation master leasing plans Mississippi Delta Montana Montana Wildlife Federation Mule Deer National Defense Authorization Act national forest National Forests national monument national monuments national parks National Wildlife Fedeartion National Wildlife Federation NDAA Nevada Nevada Legislature Nevada Wildlife Federation New Mexico New Mexico Wildlife Federation Newsletter oil oil and gas oil and gas drilling oil and gas industry oudoor recreation our public lands outdoor recreation outdoor recreation industry Outdoors Piceance Basin President Obama public access public land public lands rafting recreation renewable energy Roan Plateau Rocky Mountain Regional Center Rocky Mountain West Sage grouse Sage grouse habitat sagebrush Sagebrush Rebellion Sen Mark Udall Sen Martin Heinrich Sen Michael Bennet SHOT Show shutdown solar energy South Carolina sportsmen Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development sportswomen state legislatures State of the Union state trust lands timber harvest U S Forest Service Utah Vanishing Paradise wilderness Wilderness Act wildfire wildlife Wyoming Wyoming Wildlife Federation 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 Archives May 2013 2 July 2013 1 September 2013 1 October 2013 2 November 2013 1 January 2014 2 February 2014 3 March 2014 4 April 2014 1 May 2014 1 Pages 1 2 3 next last Why is the Greater sage grouse part of a defense spending bill By

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/blog/why-greater-sage-grouse-part-defense-spending-bill (2016-05-01)
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  • Colorado Senate Bill 232 is more than a study – it’s a land grab in the making | Our Public Lands
    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 Archives May 2013 2 July 2013 1 September 2013 1 October 2013 2 November 2013 1 January 2014 2 February 2014 3 March 2014 4 April 2014 1 May 2014 1 Pages 1 2 3 next last Colorado Senate Bill 232 is more than a study it s a land grab in the making By Judith Kohler April 15 2015 Image Sarah Pizzo It s only a study It s only a study It s only a study As the Colorado legislators sponsoring Senate Bill 232 kept saying that I flashed back several years to a cheesy horror movie promotion To avoid fainting keep repeating it s only a movie only a movie only a movie Right It didn t work then and it didn t work Thursday as I watched the state Senate Agriculture Committee vote 5 4 for a bill mandating a study of a possible state takeover of national public lands in Colorado This is nothing more than a study insisted Sen Jerry Sonnenberg one of the bill s sponsors Then why am I afraid of SB232 actually making it through the legislature Lawyers not looking to make money off the latest Sagebrush Rebellion agree the Constitution gives the federal government authority over the public lands and the absolute right to decide whether to keep or get rid of those lands But legal arguments aren t going to break this land grab fever raging through the West While states from Montana to New Mexico spent the winter debating the issue Congress has been lining up bills to undermine federal agencies authority to manage our national public lands hamstring presidents ability to establish national monuments and in the case of Nevada authorize the transfer of certain national public lands to the state Rep Rob Bishop of Utah chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources has promised hearings this spring and summer on federal land ownership in the West Rep Ted Poe of Texas where there s little public land has introduced a bill that would require the U S Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management open a third of the land they manage to sale The land battles in the statehouses are providing a lot of fodder for the members of Congress who want to shoot holes through our public lands heritage The game plan and even some of the people are the same as Environment Energy Daily reported in a March 11 story about the American Lands Council the group that has fomented the takeover frenzy in the Rockies It has asked its lobbyist to take up shop in D C to educate congressional lawmakers on the benefits of relinquishing federal lands to the states There s no such thing as just a study Which brings me back to SB232 and its advance in the Colorado General

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/blog/colorado-senate-bill-232-more-study-%E2%80%93-it%E2%80%99s-land-grab-making (2016-05-01)
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  • Our Public Lands
    some of the national public lands within their boundaries Some legislators are threatening to sue to claim the lands Others are spending a lot of time and money to study the costs and benefits of assuming control of national public lands The National Wildlife Federation and its affiliates in Montana Idaho Wyoming Colorado New Mexico and Nevada are reaching out to lawmakers the public and the media to make it clear that we want public lands to stay in public hands Read more about Westerners join forces to keep public lands in public hands admin s blog Comments The State of our public lands In the bull s eye By Judith Kohler January 21 2015 Our public lands are in the bull s eye Legislators in states throughout the West have launched efforts to take over national public lands or explore ways to do it Proponents claim the states can manage the lands better but gloss over how much it will cost to assume stewardship of millions of acres They dodge arguments that state takeover of public lands lands owned by all Americans inevitably will lead to big sell offs of the choicest parcels many of which provide some of the best hunting fishing and sightseeing in the country Read more about The State of our public lands In the bull s eye admin s blog Comments A win for South Park a win for wildlife Date Mon 01 12 2015 Hundreds of elk on the move delay traffic in South Park Photo by Richard Hamilton Wildlife scored a victory when the Colorado State Land Board voted to defer proposed oil and gas leases in the James Mark Jones State Wildlife Area in South Park The area is important winter habitat for mule deer elk and pronghorns Park County Colorado

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/node?page=11 (2016-05-01)
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  • Colorado Sportsmen Target Bills that Threaten State’s Public Lands | Our Public Lands
    gas government shutdown greater sage grouse Greater sage grouse habitat Hiking HUNT Act hunters hunting Interior Department Land Water Conservation Fund Legislation master leasing plans Mississippi Delta Montana Montana Wildlife Federation Mule Deer National Defense Authorization Act national forest National Forests national monument national monuments national parks National Wildlife Fedeartion National Wildlife Federation NDAA Nevada Nevada Legislature Nevada Wildlife Federation New Mexico New Mexico Wildlife Federation Newsletter oil oil and gas oil and gas drilling oil and gas industry oudoor recreation our public lands outdoor recreation outdoor recreation industry Outdoors Piceance Basin President Obama public access public land public lands rafting recreation renewable energy Roan Plateau Rocky Mountain Regional Center Rocky Mountain West Sage grouse Sage grouse habitat sagebrush Sagebrush Rebellion Sen Mark Udall Sen Martin Heinrich Sen Michael Bennet SHOT Show shutdown solar energy South Carolina sportsmen Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development sportswomen state legislatures State of the Union state trust lands timber harvest U S Forest Service Utah Vanishing Paradise wilderness Wilderness Act wildfire wildlife Wyoming Wyoming Wildlife Federation 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 Archives May 2013 2 July 2013 1 September 2013 1 October 2013 2 November 2013 1 January 2014 2 February 2014 3 March 2014 4 April 2014 1 May 2014 1 Pages 1 2 3 next last Colorado Sportsmen Target Bills that Threaten State s Public Lands By Judith Kohler April 15 2015 Image Eddie Nickens Colorado hunters and anglers voiced disappointment Tuesday with a state Senate committee s approval of a bill that would result in less access to public lands and is part of an ongoing attack against the outdoor heritage that fuels local economies and is vital to the state s quality of life Sportsmen s organizations took aim at Senate Bill 39 which would grant the state concurrent jurisdiction over federally managed public lands They questioned the constitutionality of the measure which passed the Senate State Affairs Committee and noted that a hearing is set for April 23 on another bill that could lead to the loss of important fish and wildlife habitat and hunting fishing and recreation opportunities That proposal SB232 would form a commission to study the effects of transferring some or all of the 23 million acres of federally managed public lands to the state Anglers are sick and tired of fighting these thinly veiled attempts to remove outdoor opportunities for the average sportsmen At a time when sportsmen should be out there enjoying the new fishing season and our public lands instead we have to be at the capitol defending our public lands against this transfer nonsense Enough is enough said Aaron Kindle Colorado field coordinator for Trout Unlimited s Sportsmen s Conservation Project Since January hunters and anglers have held rallies in state capitals and met

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/blog/colorado-sportsmen-target-bills-threaten-state%E2%80%99s-public-lands (2016-05-01)
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  • Arizona Seeks to Modernize Renewable Energy Development | Our Public Lands
    Renewable Energy Development Act angling Antiquities Act Arizona Arizona Wildlife Federation backcountry backpacking big game Bighorn sheep BLM Brad Powell Browns Canyon Bureau of Land Management camping Chris Armstrong Colorado Colorado Wildlife Federation Congress conservation drilling education funding energy development fish fishing fly fishing forest fire fracking gas government shutdown greater sage grouse Greater sage grouse habitat Hiking HUNT Act hunters hunting Interior Department Land Water Conservation Fund Legislation master leasing plans Mississippi Delta Montana Montana Wildlife Federation Mule Deer National Defense Authorization Act national forest National Forests national monument national monuments national parks National Wildlife Fedeartion National Wildlife Federation NDAA Nevada Nevada Legislature Nevada Wildlife Federation New Mexico New Mexico Wildlife Federation Newsletter oil oil and gas oil and gas drilling oil and gas industry oudoor recreation our public lands outdoor recreation outdoor recreation industry Outdoors Piceance Basin President Obama public access public land public lands rafting recreation renewable energy Roan Plateau Rocky Mountain Regional Center Rocky Mountain West Sage grouse Sage grouse habitat sagebrush Sagebrush Rebellion Sen Mark Udall Sen Martin Heinrich Sen Michael Bennet SHOT Show shutdown solar energy South Carolina sportsmen Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development sportswomen state legislatures State of the Union state trust lands timber harvest U S Forest Service Utah Vanishing Paradise wilderness Wilderness Act wildfire wildlife Wyoming Wyoming Wildlife Federation 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 Archives May 2013 2 July 2013 1 September 2013 1 October 2013 2 November 2013 1 January 2014 2 February 2014 3 March 2014 4 April 2014 1 May 2014 1 Pages 1 2 3 next last Arizona

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/blog/arizona-seeks-modernize-renewable-energy-development (2016-05-01)
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  • State takeover of public lands is a bad deal for Nevadans | Our Public Lands
    lands outdoor recreation outdoor recreation industry Outdoors Piceance Basin President Obama public access public land public lands rafting recreation renewable energy Roan Plateau Rocky Mountain Regional Center Rocky Mountain West Sage grouse Sage grouse habitat sagebrush Sagebrush Rebellion Sen Mark Udall Sen Martin Heinrich Sen Michael Bennet SHOT Show shutdown solar energy South Carolina sportsmen Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development sportswomen state legislatures State of the Union state trust lands timber harvest U S Forest Service Utah Vanishing Paradise wilderness Wilderness Act wildfire wildlife Wyoming Wyoming Wildlife Federation 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 Archives May 2013 2 July 2013 1 September 2013 1 October 2013 2 November 2013 1 January 2014 2 February 2014 3 March 2014 4 April 2014 1 May 2014 1 Pages 1 2 3 next last State takeover of public lands is a bad deal for Nevadans By Robert Gaudet April 12 2015 Nevadans stand to lose in a state takeover of public lands Image Steve Torbit The Nevada legislature is entertaining a number of proposals to transfer our national lands to the state or otherwise vastly diminish the amount of national lands waters minerals and other resources we now enjoy as both residents of Nevada and as citizens of this great country If these proposals are taken to their logical conclusion the end result would be as predictable as it would be preposterous Access to our lands to hunt fish rock hound hike and camp would be severely limited and where we could still enjoy our great outdoors it would be very pricey Politicians plans to grab national lands and sell them off are well documented in their own reports and proposals and as a longtime Nevadan hunter and lover of wildlife and public lands I am outraged You should be too here s why The Nevada Land Management Task Force created by AB227 studied the implications of transferring Nevada s national lands from the federal government to the state Surprisingly the report concludes that the state could generate significant net revenue if most of the lands now managed by the Bureau of Land Management BLM were owned by the state However the report s own numbers do not support that conclusion The report states that in fiscal 2012 the BLM generated about 46 million in revenue and had expenses of about 108 million in Nevada I don t care whether you use old or new math that means that there was a deficit of 62 million The deficit is likely even larger as the Congressional Research Service reported that in FY13 BLM Nevada had 154 million in new budget authority Right now all Americans contribute to funding the costs to manage these lands and resources not just Nevadans Even scarier is that fact that the

    Original URL path: http://www.ourpubliclands.org/blog/state-takeover-public-lands-bad-deal-nevadans (2016-05-01)
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  • Last Chance For Arizona's Public Lands? | Our Public Lands
    Federation Mule Deer National Defense Authorization Act national forest National Forests national monument national monuments national parks National Wildlife Fedeartion National Wildlife Federation NDAA Nevada Nevada Legislature Nevada Wildlife Federation New Mexico New Mexico Wildlife Federation Newsletter oil oil and gas oil and gas drilling oil and gas industry oudoor recreation our public lands outdoor recreation outdoor recreation industry Outdoors Piceance Basin President Obama public access public land public lands rafting recreation renewable energy Roan Plateau Rocky Mountain Regional Center Rocky Mountain West Sage grouse Sage grouse habitat sagebrush Sagebrush Rebellion Sen Mark Udall Sen Martin Heinrich Sen Michael Bennet SHOT Show shutdown solar energy South Carolina sportsmen Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development sportswomen state legislatures State of the Union state trust lands timber harvest U S Forest Service Utah Vanishing Paradise wilderness Wilderness Act wildfire wildlife Wyoming Wyoming Wildlife Federation 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 Archives May 2013 2 July 2013 1 September 2013 1 October 2013 2 November 2013 1 January 2014 2 February 2014 3 March 2014 4 April 2014 1 May 2014 1 Pages 1 2 3 next last Last Chance For Arizona s Public Lands By Arizona Wildlife Federation Image Lew Carpenter Please call or email the Governor s office and Hunter Moore Natural Resources Policy Advisor express opposition to bills HB2175 2176 2318 and 2658 Call Governor Ducey M F 8am 5pm Phoenix Office 602 542 4331 Tucson Office 520 628 6580 Read Tom Mackin s letter to Governor Ducey and make a call in defense of public lands We urge you to veto HB 2175 2176 2318 and 2658 Arizona is a blessed with a vast treasure of public lands that provide clean water healthy air outdoor recreation opportunities and vital habitats for a variety of fish and wildlife species The Arizona Wildlife Federation the states oldest wildlife conservation organization consistently advocates for wildlife wildlife habit and the conservation of our treasured lands and waterways We continue to work closely with the state and federal land and wildlife management agencies to enhance and preserve these valuable resources While we do not always agree with the decisions or management practices of these agencies we recognize the complex challenges they face and continue to work closely with them to ensure that the public lands of Arizona provide economic biological and social benefits for future generations to enjoy We are very concerned about efforts in Arizona and neighboring states to turn Federal public lands over to these states purportedly to better manage these vast acres In the past these efforts have failed largely due to the outcry from throughout the United States that these lands are owned by the general populace for their many uses recreation scenic enjoyment and various multiple sustainable activities In addition most legal

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