Federal land

U.S. Forest Service

A study requested by the Wyoming Legislature has found that transferring management of public lands from the federal government to the state would not be revenue positive. Those who support state management of public lands have argued it would increase revenue for the state by encouraging resource development. The state paid the Jackson-based Y-2 Consultants $75,000 to examine land management practices, costs and revenues. Almost half of Wyoming is federal land and resource development and...

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The group Keep it Public, Wyoming is hosting a rally November 5 to protest public lands being transferred from the federal government to the state. Legislators drafted a bill last session that would require the federal government to transfer most of Wyoming’s public lands to the state. The bill was never introduced, but the prospect caused concern for some residents and organizations. The Wyoming Outdoor Council was one of the organizations that signed a petition opposing future transfers,...

There's no clear legal path forward for states who want to transfer federal lands into state management, according to a new report by the Conference of Western Attorney Generals, chaired by Wyoming's attorney general Peter Michael. The report looked at several legal strategies proposed by Wyoming, Utah and other states, like the argument that eastern and western states should have an equal percentage of public lands, or that the federal government can't hold lands indefinitely. Wyoming...

U.S. Forest Service

A Wyoming conservation group has released a report describing what they call a calculated and incremental approach to transferring federal public lands into state control. The Wyoming Outdoor Council’s report says there have been an increasing number of land transfer bills in recent years, not just in Wyoming but around the West. WOC's Steff Kessler says supporters of the legislation want local control of federal lands, but she says that’s not what would happen. “There is no local control...

Stephanie Joyce

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A bill that would set up a committee to look into the possibility of the state transferring, acquiring, and managing federal lands has been given initial approval in the Wyoming Senate. That's despite questions about the goal of the committee and whether the effort is worthwhile. Senator John Schiffer wanted more clarification on what the committee is supposed to actually accomplish.

Senator Larry Hicks says it's important for the state to find ways to acquire federal lands, but...