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.
Outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking, hunting, skiing and fishing are a way of life for most Westerners. But as population increases; new forms of outdoor recreation emerge; and access to federally managed public lands declines, the challenge of meeting growing demands for outdoor recreational access has become critical in many communities throughout […]
(S.L. Tribune) This year the National Park Service is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. But as the agency enters its second century, our national parks are in trouble. A recent study conducted by the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) noted that the Park Service has a deferred maintenance backlog of nearly $12 billion — an […]
Supporters of the proposed Bears Ears National Monument paint a vivid picture of ATVs running over ancient pottery, tourists etching initials into petroglyphs, and archaeologists digging up Native American burial grounds. While there is no denying the sad reality of such activities in the past, San Juan County Navajos feel that public education campaigns and […]
Editor’s Note: This op-ed originally appeared May 22, 2016, in Deseret News. Supporters of a Bears Ears national monument often say the Native Americans who have the strongest connections to the land support the monument. They point to an Inter-Tribal Coalition letter to the president to justify this claim. The reality is that the Native […]
Misconceptions and rumors are circulating around the proposed designation of a Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. Proponents of the monument have hurled unsubstantiated promises and propaganda at the people of Utah in an attempt to push through their agenda. The Coalition for Self-Government in the West and Sutherland Institute examine here six such claims […]
This August the National Park Service will celebrate its 100-year anniversary. Americans visiting our parks this year have been greeted with birthday cake, free admission, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and commemorative coins. While these celebrations are good-natured, they overlook a serious and growing problem. A recent report by the Property and Environmental Research Center shows that the […]
Tensions are high across the Western United States. Decades of federal land mismanagement have produced a powder keg of hostility set to explode and tear apart our rural communities. We have seen glimpses of this in the 2014 Bundy standoff and the recent armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge (headquarters seen in accompanying photo). […]
On Tuesday, federal officials declared 14,000 acres across Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado as critical habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Despite feedback from ranchers opposed to the designation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moved forward with its plan to set aside roughly 190 linear miles of river. The small rodent depends […]
Our public lands have taken a number of punches over the last six months or so. We’ve seen an armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the Obama administration freezing new coal leases on federal lands, and the EPA triggering an environmental disaster that turned the Animus River orange from toxic heavy metals. […]
Testimony presented by Matt Anderson, policy analyst for the Coalition for Self-Government in the West (a project of the Sutherland Institute), on March 7, 2016, before the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee of the Utah Legislature in support of HCR 17: Public lands are an asset – an integral part of our cultural […]