Rep. Chaffetz continues push to dismantle America's public lands

Feb 7, 2017

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Second bill from Utah House member guts law enforcement on public lands

The following statement is regarding H.R. 622, the “Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act,” reintroduced by Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who earlier this week, pulled back a companion piece of legislation that would have sold off 3.3 million acres of America’s public lands.

“Rep. Chaffetz’s bill H.R. 622 puts America’s parks, forests and other public lands in jeopardy by gutting the law enforcement presence that keeps them safe from harm. This bill is essentially a giveaway to anti-federal delinquents like the Bundys who see nothing wrong with trashing our natural and cultural heritage,” said Matt Keller, senior director of conservation with The Wilderness Society.

“We must support and adequately fund law enforcement personnel who serve as sentinels on the ground for our wildlife, sacred sites and historic resources that are vulnerable to vandalism, poaching and other threats.

“These places belong to all Americans and deserve a force of public servants to help monitor and protect them for future generations. Rep. Chaffetz’s bill is another assault on Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy and his intent to safeguard America’s world-class outdoor experiences for all time,” Keller added.

Read more about HR. 622 here.

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