Petition to the Department of the Interior to Initiate Rule-Making to Prohibit Widespread Sale or Transfer of Public Lands

Thursday, November 16, 2017

This is a petition for rulemaking filed under the Administrative Procedure Act, the Department on the Interior’s petitioning regulations, and the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Petitioners request the Department of the Interior (DOI) to develop regulations that would prohibit the sale or transfer or public lands administered by DOI except where such sale or transfer is authorized by an Act of Congress. We also request that DOI develop and issue immediate guidance emphasizing the importance of retaining public lands for the benefit of the American people and the prohibition on widespread sale or disposal of America’s public lands, beyond the narrow authority granted by Congress. As described in this petition, DOI has the authority and the obligation to issue the requested rule in order to ensure that public lands remain forever in public hands, as well as to issue companion guidance with due speed.