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But with the uncertainty surrounding the Trump Administration's position on public lands and the Republican Party platform supporting the conveyance of some federal lands, this year the bill seemed more consequential.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah announced Wednesday evening in a post on Instagram that he would withdraw a bill that ordered the Secretary of the Interior to sell 3.3 million acres in 10 Western states.

"We're working right now to figure out where these places are, because they're not identified by parcel; they're identified by acreage and county", says Louis Geltman, policy counsel for the nonprofit conservation coalition Outdoor Alliance.

According to Chaffetz's website, roughly 132,931 acres in Utah are in consideration, including land within mountainous areas like Wasatch, Uinta and San Juan counties. "These public lands belong to all people and it is out of bounds for a representative from Utah to declare for all of us - hunters, backpackers, Jeepers, ranchers - that public lands have no objective and should be sold". Citizens throughout the USA who treasure public lands expressed outrage about the bill. "That's the fear that this inspires".

Earlier this week, hundreds of protesters rallied at statehouses in New Mexico and Montana rejecting efforts to transfer the ownership of federal lands. Anker, the Gazette reported, paraphrased the indigenous Duwamish Tribe's Chief Seattle when addressing the crowd, stating that land is not inherited from ancestors but borrowed from future generations. "Outdoor businesses and the outdoor recreation community is recognizing they are big industry and very important to these rural Western economies and we are seeing this Congress really kowtow to oil and gas and coal industries". "We can expect more attacks on our public lands, but today we can celebrate a victory that is a testament to the power Montanans hold in defending our public lands heritage from those who want to steal it from us".

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The industry lobby also said that the bill could have loopholes that would nullify the objective of saving American jobs. It is estimated that over 60 percent of the Infosys' American employees, for instance, are H-1B holders, says NDTV .


A Republican lawmaker is rescinding his bill to sell off millions of acres of federally owned land.

These lands were indeed identified under President Bill Clinton.

Absent is mention of H.R. 622, a bill Chaffetz also re-introduced last week that is aimed to "terminate the law enforcement functions of the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management and to provide block grants to States for the enforcement of Federal law on Federal land under the jurisdiction of these agencies, and for other purposes".

"That's kind of the fly in the ointment of this whole idea", Moore said.

"The other bill hamstrings our ability to manage and ensure that our public lands are being kept safe", said Bobby McEnaney of the Natural Resources Defense Council.


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