Our state is blessed with expansive lands rich with reserves and natural resources. Unfortunately, much of these lands are federal and the current administration fails to recognize this as an opportunity. Led by Republicans Governor Hebert and Rep. Ken Ivory, our party is working to get federal lands back where it should be - under state control. Doing so would open up bigger opportunities for mining, logging, recreational activities, ranching and farming, thereby creating yet another way to grow our economy.
Ronald Reagan likely had you and your colleagues in mind when he said “This is a wonderful time to be alive. We’re lucky not to live in pale and timid times.”
“The federal government is broke here.” Yet, it is increasing restrictions and regulations on our use and access of our public lands and resources, while at the same time reneging on the funding promises it made to western communities (PILT, SRS, Mineral Lease royalties, etc.) when it changed its “policy” from disposing of our public lands to retaining them in federal ownership.
The U.S. Supreme Court declared recently that Congress doesn’t have the authority to unilaterally change the “uniquely sovereign character of [a state’s] admission” into the Union, particularly “where virtually all of a state’s public lands are at stake…”
Its policies to “preserve” our forests are closing off access and burning up millions of acres, millions of animals, decimating watershed, killing jobs, and raiding school funding. We have trillions in minerals locked in federally controlled lands and yet remain dependent on foreign sources for oil and rare earth minerals that are vital to our economy and our national security.
Did you know that as much as 90% of lands in Illinois, Missouri and their neighboring states were federally controlled for decades? They banded together, refused to take “NO” for an answer, and today have less than 5% federally controlled lands.
Did you know that the federal government’s statehood promise to transfer title to our public lands is the same promise it made and kept withNorth Dakota and other states east of Colorado? We have abundant resources that could create jobs, and local and national wealth.
County members of American Lands Council are going on offense to educate our communities, our states, and our national representatives to become part of The Only Solution Big Enough?
Here are links to: (i) an Overview of the American Lands Council, (ii) an ALC pamphlet that summarizes these points, and (iii) a recent American Lands Council presentation to the Nevada Association of Counties. You can find more information atwww.AmericanLandsCouncil.org.
We will follow up with you shortly to answer any questions and arrange an opportunity to request that your commission join with us in the American Lands Council.
“This is a wonderful time to be alive” for the good of our families and the communities we serve.
American Lands Council
And Elko County Commissioner