Western States, Federal Land - Who Should Control the West?
UPDATE: Jan. 28th, 2017
At stake are areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Forests and Federal Wildlife Refuges, which contribute to an estimated $646bn each year in economic stimulus from recreation on public lands and 6.1m jobs.
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Should the government still own so much land in the West or should its control over that land be reduced?
Private gain is the hidden agenda behind the movement to transfer federal lands to the states.
As recreational miners, do you really want the States to be in control of our public lands? Pretty soon, there would be nothing left for gold panners, hard rock miners, and gemstone hunters, since these lands would go to the highest bidder (corporations).
An armed group of Westerners have staged a standoff in Oregon, demanding the government surrender Western lands, but paradoxically, for most of American history, Congress tried to give much of that land away. Taking on ownership now would only cost the Western states.
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