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Westerners join forces to keep public lands in public hands

By: 
Meg Morris



Throughout the West, state lawmakers have introduced bills or have proposals in the works to take over all or some of the national public lands within their boundaries. Some legislators are threatening to sue to claim the lands. Others are spending a lot of time and money to study the costs and benefits of assuming control of national public lands. The National Wildlife Federation and its affiliates in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada are reaching out to lawmakers, the public and the media to make it clear that we want public lands to stay in public hands.

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