In Wyoming, a proposed constitutional amendment to ease the transfer of national public land to the state has died. Senate President Eli Bebout effectively killed the measure by not assigning it to a legislative committee. The effort faced strong opposition from sportsmen and conservationists across the state, who noted the state could not afford to manage national public lands.

Last year, outside of Utah, 15 of 16 public land seizure bills failed. The failure of Wyoming’s proposed constitutional amendment shows that land seizure bills will continue to face an uphill battle in statehouses across the West.

Quick hits

Outdoor retailers continue push for Utah to support, not seize, national public lands

Utah Public Radio

National Park Service ordered to stop tweeting after posting inauguration crowd photos

Washington Post | Associated Press

As Ryan Zinke moves towards confirmation as Interior Secretary, some question whether he will look to Teddy Roosevelt or industry donors

Scientific American

Opinion: The federal coal program is broken. Can President Trump negotiate a fair deal for American taxpayers?

The Conversation

BLM, Forest Service to gather local input on management plan for Bears Ears National Monument

Deseret News

Facing budget shortfalls, Wyoming legislature rejects effort to lower coal tax

Casper Star-Tribune | Wyoming Public Media

Quote of the day

“The trade show folks, they are running a business, and they want to have the best show possible and the people coming to the show also want to have a successful and productive show. Federal land is a place where people recreate and use their products.”

—Tom Adams, Director, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, Utah Public Radio

Written by on Monday, January 23rd, 2017