HEROES & VILLAINS
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.