Tag: federal control
“It’s so noisy, and so busy, and so overcrowded, they were closing areas because of overcapacity of the cars.”
In Utah, nearly 70 percent of the state is owned by the federal government, limiting the state’s control over land uses, such as grazing, oil and gas development, and forest management.
Federal land management agencies are strapped for cash. The National Park Service has a deferred maintenance backlog of nearly $12 billion.
Out-of-state radical environmentalists are dumping resources into opposing state land management. Environmentalists don’t want states to have control.
Land grabs are killing western towns by preventing economic activity on the lands, such as energy production, timber production and mining.
The bill would strip BLM and the Forest Service of their law enforcement functions completely, while providing block grants for local authorities proportional to the percentage of public land in each state.
But critics of the cancellation said the unilateral move by a federal agency puts all such leases at risk.
Reality bears no resemblance to their wild claims of an all-out “land grab.” In fact, it would be more accurate to call this movement a state-based conservation movement.