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Senator pledges to withdraw bill to sell public land

Senator pledges to withdraw bill to sell public land”

"They're saying "Hey we are the future of the West and our voices need to be heard" and I like to think Congressman Chaffetz is acknowledging that fact with this decision". "I look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders in the broader public lands discussion in a collaborative manner". Citizens throughout the US who treasure public lands expressed outrage about the bill.

"This loss would have forever robbed the American people of the awesome bounty these and all public lands provide", Kindle said.

"I am withdrawing HR 621", he wrote.

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"While this is certainly heartening that Congressman Chaffetz heard people and responded, we are going to continue to make a heck of a lot of noise".

John Gale, conservation director for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers in Missoula, Montana, said the Utah representatives were pushing the bills despite their proven unpopularity.

Absent is mention of H.R. 622, a bill Chaffetz also re-introduced last week that is aimed to "terminate the law enforcement functions of the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management and to provide block grants to States for the enforcement of Federal law on Federal land under the jurisdiction of these agencies, and for other purposes". "The bill would have disposed of small parcels of lands President Clinton identified as serving no public objective".

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U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said late Wednesday night that he was withdrawing the bill because "groups I support and care about fear it sends the wrong message.". One of the quotes included in the announcement was that, "The long overdue disposal of excess federal lands will free up resources for the federal government while providing much-needed opportunities for economic development in struggling rural communities". The land was never actually sold, and the survey warned that some of the land identified had "conflicts" ― like the presence of "critical natural or cultural resources" ― that could prevent it from being sold.

In Oregon, the 70,300 acres comes in parcels from 19 counties managed by the Bureau of Land Management. "First of all, this is 3.3-million acres that they're talking about turning over indiscriminately to states, but beyond that, these places were identified 20 years ago, and with a number of caveats, and to say that they have the same value or lack of value that they did then is a huge assumption".

"In the early days of the new Congress, elected officials have shown a perverse willingness to attack America's air, water and public lands", Zimmerman said.

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"I'm starting to wonder how many times I have to tell these guys in leadership that I'm not going to allow Montana's public lands to be sold or given away", Zinke said in a statement following a June 2016 Congressional vote on public land transfer.



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