by Senator Jennifer Fielder, R-Montana State Senate District 7
Last week I joined leaders from throughout western America at the Utah state capitol for serious discussions about transferring federally controlled public lands to the states. As chair of Montana’s study on federal land management, I was invited to join Montana’s Speaker of the House Mark Blasdel, Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich, and Senate President Pro Tem Debby Barrett in the multi-state talks.
Several western states and counties have already implemented task forces to study various aspects of transitioning to state-based public land ownership. Last week’s legislative summit in Salt Lake City provided an opportunity for interested representatives and leading experts to exchange the information gathered so far and gauge interest in moving forward. [Continue reading] (9)