Sierra Club lies about transfer of federal lands, here’s the truth
Contrary to the misinformation put out by the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club, transfer of the federal lands to the state of Nevada is anything but a land grab. It’s a promise by Congress and the government made in the enabling acts of the admission of states to the union on an equal basis to all the other states.
Any transfer of public (i.e. federal) lands would be to the state as state-trust lands and would not include national parks, national monuments, national conservation areas, national wildlife areas, wilderness areas nor environmentally sensitive or culturally important areas. These transferred lands would still be public lands and retain their multiple-use principles as recreational camping and access, hunting, fishing, grazing, minerals, gas and oil exploration and of course renewable energy development. Contrary to the statement that these areas would be locked up due to privatization through land sales by the state to private concerns is utterly false, misleading and an outright lie and I find this criticism to be shallow and untruthful to the public at large, utilizing scare tactics and fear mongering to advance an agenda without actually understanding the process nor the benefits forth coming to the citizens and the state.
If the state held these lands in trust, then the land owners who have been using them for grazing, mining, manufacturing, etc. via the BLM would be able to either purchase or lease from the state and manage their operations in a more efficient manner as well as increasing revenue to the state. Parcels along the corridor adjacent to communities such as Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Elko and Wells could and should be sold to alleviate the existing landlocked situation many of these communities presently endure. The proceeds of any sales would be 95 percent to the federal government and 5 percent retained by the state for schools.
In closing, perhaps critics should actually read the “Report of the Nevada Land Management Task Force” pursuant to AB 227 of the 2013 Nevada Legislative Session. They might be surprised, however — being aware of the Sierra Club’s political and philosophical agenda, I doubt very much that they take the time to actually research just what the proposed transfer entails and the potential benefits to the state and the citizens thereof.
Copies of the report may be obtained from the Nevada Association of Counties or by calling Mike Baughman at Intertech Services Corporation (775-315-2544).
Lyman Youngberg is a resident of Orovada, Nevada.
reposted by Reagangirl.com 4/2/16