HE­ROES & VIL­LAINS

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HE­ROES

sen. mar­tin hein­rich (D-New Mex­ico)

Hein­rich is an out­spo­ken pub­lic-land de­fender, with the vot­ing record to back it up. “Sell­ing off Amer­ica’s trea­sured lands to the high­est bid­der would re­sult in a pro­lif­er­a­tion of no-tres­pass­ing signs.”

rep. dave re­ichert (R-Wash­ing­ton)

The for­mer sher­iff has proved un­afraid to break rank to pro­tect pub­lic lands: “It is all of our re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep pub­lic lands pub­lic.” VIL­LAINS

rep. rob bishop (R-Utah)

As chair­man of the House Com­mit­tee on Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Bishop has spear­headed the trans­fer move­ment. He’s now ask­ing for $50 mil­lion in tax­payer dol­lars to fa­cil­i­tate the takeover of fed­eral lands.

rep. jason chaf­fetz (R-Utah)

Chaf­fetz has re­peat­edly in­tro­duced bills call­ing for the sale of pub­lic land. Now he wants to strip the BLM of its law en­force­ment func­tions.

FIN­GERS CROSSED… pres­i­dent don­ald j. trump

In Jan­uary 2016, Trump, then the GOP fron­trun­ner, told FIELD & STREAM that he doesn’t like the idea of trans­fer­ring pub­lic lands to states. “You don’t know what the state is go­ing to do,” he said. “I mean, are they go­ing to sell if they get into a lit­tle bit of trou­ble? And I don’t think it’s some­thing that should be sold.” But will the com­man­der in chief stick to his word? We cer­tainly hope so.

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