A group of Republican congressmen this week took an aggressive step in a campaign to seize and sell off America’s national forests and other public lands.
In launching what they are calling the “Federal Land Action Group,”
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) plan to develop a
legislative framework for giving states control of America’s public
lands. Calling the federal government a “lousy landlord for western
states,” Rep. Stewart said “we simply think the states can do it
Bishop, who is also chair of the House Natural Resources Committee,
said that “this group will explore legal and historical background in
order to determine the best congressional action needed to return these
lands back to the rightful owners.”
This latest effort to transfer or dispose of national forests and
public lands was immediately blasted by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the
ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee, as being
unwise, unpopular, and illegal.