House Considering Bills Transferring Public Land

(Wyoming) The state of Wyoming has a total land base over 62 million acres with the National Forest Service controlling 9.2 million acres and The BLM presiding over 18.4 million acres. The House Subcommittee on Federal Lands is preparing to consider bills that would transfer the control of certain public lands to states and possibly to private interests. H.R. 3650 would allow any state to claim ownership of up to 2 million acres of a National Forest (roughly the size of Yellowstone National Park), on the condition that the state then prioritize logging over other uses of the land. H.R. 2316 would allow states to take possession of 900,000 acres or more of National Forests and hand control over to a small groups representing special interests, appointed by the state’s governor. #reboot #news