Thursday, June 25, 2015

Colorado County supports keeping federal lands public - Full Article

by Collin Szewczyk, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Richards: Movement ‘alive and well’ to transfer public lands to state ownership

Despite two measures to transfer ownership of federal lands to the states failing this year in Colorado, a movement backing the concept is growing on the national scene and the Pitkin County commissioners are being proactive in their opposition.

The BOCC on Wednesday passed an amended draft resolution stating the county’s unwavering support to keep federal lands in the hands of the public, and to not see them turned over to the states.

Opponents have criticized the effort to transfer governance of federal lands to the states as an attempt to privatize the lands, potentially exposing them to resource extraction...

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