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Republicans making progress on longtime goal for more local control of federal lands

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The sagebrush is a fitting symbol for Nevada, a state with vast desert land. The bush plant was also used by Native Americans for medicine and weaving mats./Photo: AvatarKnowmad, Getty Images/iStockphoto)

By Bartholomew D Sullivan | USA TODAY

As the new Republican-dominated House convened in early January, anticipating the arrival of President Trump, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee declared it time for a “paradigm shift” in how the more than 25% of the country that is owned by the federal government is managed.

Almost eight months into an all-Republican-led effort, it’s clear that shift is under way.

It started almost immediately. On the first day of the new Congress, Republicans passed a rule that made it easier to make conveyances of federal land by treating such transfers as cost-free even if they would potentially cause losses of revenue from mining or drilling rights.


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  1. Alicia Bristow says:

    I am a Republican but also someone who believes that we must protect our pristine lands. I love outdoor recreation and activities as does my husband. We would both be appalled is the GOP went to far with this. We hunt, fish, hike and worked our careers to make people and politicians aware of and protect our natural resources.

    We are hoping there are more GOPs out there we feel as we do.

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