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Sportsmen: State takeover of public lands could leave public behind

By: 
Judith Kohler May 12, 2015


Image: Lew Carpenter

Hunters, anglers voice concerns about management and fiscal burdens.

Bipartisan Public Lands Renewable Energy Development bills get hearings in Congress

By: 
Corey Fisher, July 26, 2014

Photo:Flickr:a4gpa

In this day and age, it’s not often that folks from both sides of the political spectrum can get together and support a proposal affecting public lands. It’s even rarer to have congressmen from both parties, in both houses of Congress, moving legislation forward.  Yet, that’s exactly what is happening when the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act receives hearings in both House and Senate committees this week. 

One of the unique things about renewable energy development is the permanence to it. This is both good and challenging. Good because it’s a cleaner, sustainable source of energy that can’t be used up in the same way as fossil fuels. Challenging because once a solar field or wind farm goes in, it’s there for the long haul.

This necessitates smart planning.

 

Don't let Congress silence sportsmen

By: 
By Frank Sturges, June. 26, 2014

Photo by Suzanne O'Neill, Colorado Wildlife Federation

Is Utah -- other Western states -- ready to take over national sites for real?

By: 
Judith Kohler

For the overwhelming majority of Americans, the shutdown of a vast array of federal services has been everything from inconvenient to financially disastrous. For the state of Utah, the shutdown could be a golden opportunity for the tiniest taste of what political leaders say they want – to take control of the millions of acres of federally managed lands in the state.

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