As a retired management consultant who has worked with the state for 30 years (wife for 25 years), I have seen the usual amount of government mismanagement, probably no better or worse than the feds. But what scares me is the rather large political swings that have taken place with the change in governor over the years. I fear that if the state had control, that some of these lands could be sold if a budget crunch were to develop or if a future governor simply had a ax to grind with the feds. Therefore, state ownership would not provide the protection that federal ownership does. Transferring the land to the state would be a slippery slope. I value my access to my public lands way too much to take a chance on this.
ScottR---Are the techs working on putting an edit additon to this Forum like we talked about a day or two ago? I just read my last post and it has all kinds of spelling errors I can't correct after I posted it and it drives me nuts. I guess if it stays this way I'm going to have to really slow down and triple check what I post!
Yeah, I am. I messed with the settings the other day but can't seem to find where that is set up. So yes, I am working on it, no it hasn't happened yet. But it will.
Thanks for your efforts!
To me I think it depends on the situation. In a state like Oklahoma with limited federal land I think the state could likely do a better job of managing that land and do it with less cost to the taxpayers. I also think states might be able to avoid some of the red tape/lawsuits that seem to be a part of managing this land. The states also have more incentive to operate in a more financially responsible manner and to control the tourism industry. I know South Dakota inquired about operating MT Rushmore during the gov shutdown. In that situation the state had a lot to lose if Rushmroe was closed so they wanted to open it back up for the benefit of the state.
Aside from cost savings I think the states could do a better job. Has anybody ever heard of someone using over 100k acres of state land for 20 years without paying a dime? Then turning it into a PC nightmare/disaster, cluster funk? Nope. But that did happen on federal land recently.
Has anybody ever heard of a state allowing a private individual to build a house on a road easement that blocked access to public land? It's happened on federal land recently.
At the end of the day our federal government is inefficient and quite frankly not good at doing much of anything except wasting money.
It doesnt seem to fit into the fed budget either by looking at how the Deficit is growing every day.
Would anyone want to do away with the state wildlife agencys and turn management over to the USFWS?
As for Bundy I feel that him and 50 other ranchers in Clark county NV were the victim of the misuse of the ESA which was used as a tool to get ranchers off the land they held leases on.
"Now two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I fee. One is the colors that fly high and proud The red, the white, the blue. The other one's got a rattlesnake With a simple statement made "Don't tread on me" is what it says and I'll take that to my grave. Because this is me. I'm proud to be American and strong in my beliefs. And I've said it before but I'll say it again 'Cause my family's always fought and died to save this land. And a country boy is all I'll ever be."