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Nearly 350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival.


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Sportsmen: State takeover of public lands could leave public behind

Judith Kohler May 12, 2015

Image: Lew Carpenter

Hunters, anglers voice concerns about management and fiscal burdens.

Westerners join forces to keep public lands in public hands

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.

Congress gives the gift of conservation with protections of public lands

Meg Morris

Image: Joshua Duplechian 

Earlier this month Congress passed legislation that included protections for about one million acres of some of our nation's most pristine and treasured landscapes. The legislation also protects fish, valuable wildlife habitat and public access to public land.  Here's a round-up of the areas protected in the bill.