– Lonnie Barnes
House Republicans seek to open up national forests to mining and logging
Two bills will be presented to the House committee on natural resources this week that proposes to hand over parts of federally-owned land for commercial activity.
The federal government currently owns 600 million acres of land, most of which is in the less-populated West.
One bill would allow each state to claim up to 2 million acres of national park land for foresting and mining, etc. The second would allow up to 4 million acres for each state as a way to remedy a “decline in national logging rates.”
The bills come only weeks after armed occupation of the Malheur national wildlife refuge in Oregon by protestors who wanted the federal government to turn over the land that that they felt was rightfully theirs.