Transferring Federal Lands to States: "The hunters are very powerful in the might see better management for hunting..." Robert Nelson @PERCTWEETS,

Sep 09, 2018, 03:11 AM


(Photo: Original Caption: Ranch lands in the Powder River Basin near Colstrip. Long-range plans call for massive strip-mining of the area and the construction of huge power plants capable of producing 200,000 megawatts of power. The power plants would emit more minute separate particles than New York City and Los Angeles combined, 06/1973

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-6670

Photographer: Norton, Boyd

Subjects: Environmental protection Natural resources Pollution Billings (Montana, United States) inhabited place

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Date 1 June 1973, 00:00)

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Transferring Federal Lands to States: "The hunters are very powerful in the might see better management for hunting..."  Robert Nelson @PERCTWEETS,

Lays out the case for Western states’ managing Federal lands; & what is to be done. "…Utah is unique among Western states in making such detailed information available, but Wyoming and New Mexico would surely benefit even much more, owing to the large increases in mineral revenues they would receive without having to share with the federal government, which would more than offset the additional cost of taking on new land management responsibilities. The final argument against federal land transfer (often more implicit than explicit) is that, rather than federal efficiency, federal “values” are superior and thus should trump state values. But this argument is paternalistic if not neo-colonial. Some might argue, however, that state political institutions are so flawed that they fail to represent the actual values of the citizens of western states themselves, requiring federal intervention to protect the West against itself. So why not hold a referendum in western states (those wishing to do so) on the question of whether the federal lands (minus certain lands particularly significant for the whole nation) should be transferred to the state? Let’s see at the ballot box if the majority of voters in the West prefer the imposition of national management and its values to what they think they would get from their own state political system…."