Having access to public land to hunt, fish and camp is very important to some of us. Here is a lot of great information about the talk over the past few year with transferring or selling our Federal Public Land. Stop the Silly Talk of Selling Public Land My New Year Our Public Lands Not For Sale http://backcountryhunters.org/images/Public_Lands_Report.pdf Pretty good article on a few bad things that have happened in the past. Transferring control of lands bad idea | Idaho Statesman Found this pretty interesting if true. "Oil and gas companies are squatting on 3.25 million acres of YOUR public lands, often without paying royalties or rent. Our new report explains how the industry routinely exploits loopholes to stockpile leases." Land hoarders: Oil and gas companies are stockpiling YOUR public lands | Wilderness.org The problems with the state movement to take federal land | Reveal "The backing of groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a nonprofit that drives policy and whose members include Koch Industries and ExxonMobil — have begun to reintroduce land-transfer bills in statehouses across the West. Last year alone, conservatives in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Washington and Wyoming put forward legislation that laid the groundwork for transfers of public land to the states. Their goal is simple: open up greater stretches of the West to mining, drilling, ranching and other economic activities, generating tax revenue for the states, and, of course, profits for the companies and individuals involved. (Otherwise, the states simply couldn’t afford to manage so much land.) The only way it makes sense financially is to open the land up States cannot afford to manage this much public land unless they open more of it to natural resource extraction. This is what a report commissioned as part of Utah’s land transfer law found: For Utah to be able to generate the money it needs to manage 31 million more acres, it would have to increase drilling and mining. And it would need to demand 100 percent of the royalties from extraction (Utah currently splits mineral royalties 50-50 with the federal government). And even then, oil and gas prices would need to remain stable and high. An Idaho study found that in 8 of 9 scenarios, the state couldn’t afford a land transfer at all. In the one scenario where the state could make money, the timber industry would have to be having an extraordinary year."