Thomas Hopes to Limit Federal Land Acquisitions

Washington, DC – Legislation proposed by Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas would restrict the amount of private land the federal government can acquire in states where it already owns large chunks of acreage. Thomas says his "No-Net-Loss of Private Lands" proposal would protect the rights of private property owners and instill some common sense into federal land acquisitions. Under his proposal, limits would be in effect in states where 25 percent or more of the land is federally owned. When the federal government purchases 100 acres or more, it would be required to sell back into private ownership land of equal value in the same state.