Federal Lands

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, underfunded public education, and lost 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?

Quick Links

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.

Finally, we’ve distilled the economic value of energy resources on federal lands in several states down to short policy notes: Here’s Wyoming, Montana, and Utah.

House Committee On Natural Resources: State Forests Management Superior to Federal Forests for Job Creation, Revenue Production, Local Economies and Fire Prevention

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 26, 2013 – Today the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a hearing examining, “State Forest Management: A Model for Promoting Healthy Forests, Rural Schools and Jobs.” The hearing was an opportunity to hear from state leaders, local land managers and timber experts on the inadequacies and burdens of current federal forest management practices […]

The Economic Value of Energy Resources on Federal Lands in the Rocky Mountain Region

“The numbers are staggering. Under the best possible scenario, the opening up of federal lands would lead to $26.5 billion in annual gross regional product, more than $5 billion in tax revenue for local, state and federal governments, and roughly 208,000 jobs.”   The seven Rocky Mountain states —Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Nevada […]

Opportunity Lost? The Economic Value of Energy Resources on Federal Lands in Montana

Opportunity Lost? The Economic Value of Energy Resources on Federal Lands in Montana   September 17, 2013   A Question of Priorities As in all Western states, federal lands management in Montana involves controversies between pro-development and conservationist forces. To a greater extent than private or even state-owned lands, development of oil, natural gas, and […]

Opportunity Lost? The Economic Value of Energy Resources on Federal Lands in Utah

A report released by the Sutherland Institute Center for Self-Government in the West finds that, based on high-, medium-, and low-usage scenarios, the state’s economy could add between about $1.2 billion and $6.7 billion and 9,400 to 58,000 jobs annually by developing oil, gas and renewable energy on federal lands within the state. Developing these […]