New Developments in the Transfer of Federal Lands Movement

Funded by a generous grant from the Wilburforce Foundation, the Bolle Center publishes a new report exploring recent Presidential actions that redefine and narrow the public part of public lands management. Reclaiming the National Interest in Federal Public Lands and Wildlife Conservation reviews the progressive roots of public lands and makes an affirmative case for why their management and conservation is in the national interest and why they have the potential to unify a divided nation. Report PDF

In another piece, published by Ecology Law Currents, the Bolle Center traces new developments in the transfer of federal lands movement. The Article reviews congressional bills that do not transfer ownership of federal lands to the states or private interests, but rather give state and local governments control over federal lands and resources. In doing so, these bills radically alter the traditional paradigm of federal lands management and make federal law subservient to state authority. Nie and Kelly discuss the implications and explain what it means for the national interest in public lands.