Selling Public Lands

U.S. Congressman withdraws federal bill to sell off public lands

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah's 3rd Congressional District introduced a bill to the U.S. House last week to sell more than 3.3 million acres of Bureau of Land Management property across 10 western states. House Bill 621, titled the "Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act of 2017" quickly came up against an outpouring of resistance from environmentalists, sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts, and late-Wednesday evening, Chaffetz announced he would withdraw the proposed legislation.