If you are a sportsman (or woman) or an outdoor recreationist, federal lands are important to our lifestyles and enjoyment. Numerous legislators continue to promote their personal views on transfer of federal lands to the state. They continue to do so even though a recently released economic study recommended the state not pursue transfer of federal land management to the state. They persist even though public opposition to transfer is rapidly growing. I would expect the legislators to listen and be responsive to our opinions. To date, this has not been the case. Instead, the Select Federal Natural Resource Management Committee (Reps. Norine Kasperik, Eli Bebout, JoAnn Dayton, Gerald Geis, Larry Hicks and Tim Stubson) has included on its agenda for a Nov. 9 meeting in Riverton discussion on whether to sponsor legislation for an amendment to the Wyoming Constitution. The proposed amendment would pave the way for federal land transfer.
If you are as concerned about this as I am, I encourage you to become familiar with the land transfer topic. There are many excellent resources such as the Wyoming Hunters and Anglers Alliance, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, the Wyoming Outdoor Council and Wyoming Sportsmen for Federal Lands (Facebook).
I urge you to contact the members of the Select Committee. Let’s send a message to our legislators that they need to pay attention to their constituents and the people of this state! So far, they have demonstrated they have no interest in listening to sportsmen and outdoor recreationists in Wyoming.