UPDATE: May 17, 2017;
Rep. Mark Amodei’s House Public Lands Transfer Bill Abandoned
“Americans love our public lands. We value them as places to experience the outdoors, to spend time with our families and friends, and to find solace in an increasingly hectic world.” - BHA President and CEO Land Tawney
Announced today by Rep. Mark Amodei of Nevada, that he will not be reviving the controversial bill that would have transferred public lands in Nevada to state ownership. Hunters, anglers, loggers, miners, and others are celebrating a win of public lands!
Tawney emphasized that, despite these victories, the future of American public lands remains uncertain.
“The war for our public lands is far from over,” stated Tawney. “Well-moneyed special interests remain invested in wresting control of our shared lands and waters and stealing from citizens our greatest national treasure."
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April 26, 2017;
U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order reviewing previous National Monument designations made under the Antiquities Act, at the Interior Department in Washington, U.S., April 26, 2017.
So what does this mean for our public lands? How about the mining community? If you haven't been following along on President Trump's orders, this should be your first one. If the states have more control on the use of their public lands, this could potentially benefit the mining industry.
"The BLM controls over 85 percent of the land in Nevada," Trump explains. "In the rural areas, those who for decades have had access to public lands for ranching, mining, logging and energy development are forced to deal with arbitrary and capricious rules that are influenced by special interests that profit from the D.C. rule-making and who fill the campaign coffers of Washington politicians." - Washington Examiner - by Gabby Morrongiello
We all enjoy our National Parks and Monuments! It is part of our country! But when the government has so much control, that there are too many rules and regulations, then we the people, are not able to enjoy what our country has to offer. This is something the mining industry should keep an eye on, and do what we can to fight for our public lands!
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