Over 90 percent of all federally controlled land is located in the West, with roughly one out of every two acres managed by D.C. bureaucrats nearly 2,000 miles away. We are told this is to preserve the environment, benefit local economies, and protect public recreation. Instead, federal mismanagement provides us with polluted air, dying forests, decimated wildlife, depressed economies and underfunded public education, and blocked recreational opportunities.
Our public lands, our wildlife, our communities, and our families deserve better. The Coalition for Self-Government in the West believes that local control and management of our public lands will provide this. Who better to care for the land and promote its beneficial uses than Westerners who live on and love it?
Why is it so important to demand control over our own lands? How can it be done? Can it be done? It’s all in this handy presentation.
Want to know the value of energy resources on federal lands in the Rocky Mountain West? It’s all here.
Is it legal for states to demand the federal government return some of their lands? See the opinion here.