House Lawmakers Will Take First Vote on Public Land Transfer Legislation

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

WASHINGTON, D.C.-(Ammoland.com)- Today the House Natural Resources Committee will vote on two bills that risk essential sportsmen’s access, quality fish and wildlife habitat, and economic balance for American communities. Since the bills were first debated back in February, sportsmen’s groups have been alarmed with Rep. Don Young’s H.R. 3650 and Rep. Raul Labrador’s H.R. 2316, which constitute overt attempts to undermine public land ownership.

“Make no mistake, these are the first votes on legislation that would legitimize the wholesale transfer or sale of America’s public lands, and sportsmen should be concerned with any ‘yea’ votes,” says Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

Young’s bill is sweeping in its impact, allowing states to select and acquire up to two million acres of national forest lands to be completely owned and operated by states and managed primarily for timber production. The Labrador bill would transfer management authority for up to four million acres of our national forests to state-appointed “advisory committees,” but incredibly, these officials would not be required to have any professional experience in forest management.

Hunting and fishing groups have been vocal in urging lawmakers to oppose these bad bills. “With so many opportunities to do right by American sportsmen and women—by encouraging better active management of forests or bigger investments in public land management agencies, for example—these bills are dangerously distracting and certainly represent an attempt to get a foot in the door for public land transfer,” says Ben Bulis, president of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association. “This is bad for fly shops, their customers, and the communities surrounding our national forests.”

“Our public lands system, which includes our national forests, is unique in all the world—it supports our $646-billion outdoor recreation economy, but not without the mandate to keep public lands accessible and to balance the needs of hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts with the many demands on our natural resources,” says Fosburgh.

The TRCP is urging sportsmen across the country to contact members of the committee. Here’s the easiest way.

To learn more about efforts to transfer, sell off, or privatize public lands, click here.

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Richard Dillon
Richard Dillon
5 years ago

What a bunch of bull. It is the Federal agency’s themselves that are causing the states to try to get these land changes. The BLM and USFS who think they own the land and are closing roads and restricting every kind of access and activity on our, their, land. Excessive land grabs, UNnecessary Monuments and wilderness areas, The removal of law-abiding people from legitimate activities on public land, that is what our federal agencies are doing. The agencies are under the control of the ecoterrorists groups and the UN. What they want is PEOPLE FREE land, in other word all… Read more »

Colonialgirl
Colonialgirl
5 years ago
Reply to  Richard Dillon

AMEN !!
The Feds have the longest record of closing off lands and rivers to hunters, fishermen and even to hikers. The FEDS have NO Constitutional right to ownership of ANY L AND except Washington, DC and what is NEEDED for military bases and Federal buildings.
Move the land to State Ownership, SELL OFF the excess land to private people.

Denise Snyder
Denise Snyder
5 years ago

FYI, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is a spinoff of Trout Unlimited. Both are environmentalist front groups masquerading as Sportsmen/Conservationists, and they’re funded by leftist foundations and run by liberal operative who push a progressive, big government agenda. They use veiled tactics to chip away at the 2nd Amendment and take big money from anti-domestic energy interests. It’s not all that ironic. TR may have been a Republican, but he was the first President to nationalize public lands, placing forests and other resources under control of the centralized government. Find out more about the “Green Decoy” TRCP at the following website.… Read more »