CBR Offers Workshop On Proposed Public Lands Transfer

Rob Davidson addresses those attending the CBR public meeting in Buffalo Wednesday night.
Rob Davidson addresses those attending the CBR public meeting in Buffalo Wednesday night.

The Council for the Bighorn Range held a workshop Wednesday in Buffalo to discuss and present information on public lands owned by the Federal government and the proposed legislation that, if adopted by the state and eventually by the Federal Government, would transfer management of those lands to Wyoming.

Rob Davidson, Director of the Council for the Bighorn Range, discussed current public land initiatives before the Wyoming Legislature's Joint Interim Committees, and provided information on the possible impact the initiatives and active legislation could have on public lands and the public's access to and use of those lands, and how the public can keep informed of public land issues and how to get involved if they choose.

Davidson explained that the Wyoming Constitution currently prohibits the state from managing Federally-owned lands, but there is a proposed amendment to state's Constitution being considered by Joint Interim Committees that would change that provision to allow the state to manage Federally-owned lands if enacted.
The CBR is opposed to the idea.

Davdson explained their position, saying there is a “radical agenda” out there promoting the transfer, and that the Constitutional amendment would send a dangerous message to Congress.
Enacting the transfer would mean a loss of public access by creating “super shareholders” based on leases of Federal lands, and also promotes a false promise of revenues that would be available to the state if enacted.
Finally, they believe enacting the transfer to the state would not be about local control, as some are touting the proposal, but about putting management in the hands of a very few with little to no public oversight.

He tells us what the public can do to help ensure public lands stay open to the public.

For more information on the Coalition for the Bighorn Mountains, the Wyoming Public Lands Day, or to get involved, we have provided information here:
http://councilbighornrange.org/

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