There is still a lot of confusion and misinformation out there about my position on public lands. I have always and will always support keeping public lands public and would never support any effort to make them private. I hunt, fish, and camp like most people in Wyoming and our public lands are a treasure for our state. Our state land, national parks and national forests are part of our heritage…..
Philosophically and constitutionally speaking, I would argue that the sovereign state(s) should own and control any public lands within their borders and that the federal government should not control as much land as they do. However, anything as important as this should be put to the voters to decide with a ballot referendum in my opinion.
I would encourage Wyoming to wait and see what happens with Utah which is much further along in the process (more than 4 years to be exact), and we can learn from what they did right and what they did wrong. Utah’s legislature passed and Governor Herbert signed HB 148 into law in 2012, laying the framework for the transfer of federal land excluding national parks, all national monuments (except for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument), specific congressionally-designated wilderness areas, Department of Defense areas, and tribal lands. It has been four years since Utah passed transfer legislation and nothing has happened, except for the production of an extensive 700+ page economic feasibility study carried out by three universities tasked with looking at the cost of the transfer and identifying which state agencies could handle the management of the lands.
The Democrats are trying to scare you into believing that this transfer of public land is imminent which could not be farther from the truth, and my opponent knows it. It is going to take years or decades to accomplish, IF that is what the people of Wyoming decide to do.
I strongly advocate for public access to public lands, and again, I do not support selling them off. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me and I’d be happy to discuss this with you.