Western states meet, discuss taking land from feds

Western states meet, discuss taking land from feds

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Western states meet, discuss taking land from feds

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 19 at 4:27 PM

SALT LAKE CITY -- Officials from nine Western states say it's time for them to take control of federal lands within their borders.

The lawmakers and county commissioners met at Utah's Capitol on Friday to discuss their joint goal of taking oil-, timber- and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.

The summit wasn't publicized until midday, when notice went out about a late-afternoon news conference.

The meeting's result wasn't clear, but Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder told reporters federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and federal budget cuts.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented.

None of the other western states has gone as far as Utah, where lawmakers recently passed a measure demanding that the federal government extinguish title to federal lands there.

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