Well, it seems that the public really doesn’t want to sell off public land to private interests after all. From the Oregon Statesman Journal:
After public outcry, the lawmaker who introduced a bill to sell 3.3 million acres of public land nationwide — including 70,000 acres in Oregon — has decided to reverse course.
Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz said late Wednesday night that he was withdrawing H.R. 621 because “groups I support and care about fear it sends the wrong message,” Chaffetz said in a post on Instagram.
The land identified for disposal — meaning sale to private entities or states — had included acreage from 10 different states. In Oregon, it included 70,300 acres in parcels from 19 counties managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The parcels ranged from 44,533 acres in Harney County to 1 acre in Marion County.
and from the Adventure Journal
Chaffetz’s effort to dump the lands was greeted with massive protests from hunters, anglers, and other outdoor recreationalists. But sentiment among the Utah congressional delegation to take over federal acreage for state use, including selling into private hands, isn’t going away. And Chaffetz made no mention of the other bill he recently introducted, HR 622, which would strip law enforcement duties from the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, leaving policing responsibility to local sheriffs—a move that would have far-reaching consequences.
So, despite one success, there is a long road ahead of us to protect our country’s open spaces, wild lands and wilderness. Remember, we are only two weeks into this administration…