Connecting the Dots – The Public Land Debate


Download: RNN – July 28, 2016

truth and unintended consequences.

The debate over the transfer of federal public lands to the states is not new, is at the center of the idea of state sovereignty, and is the bedrock principle of bottom up, not top down government, as envisioned by our founders. Our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights are very clear in the role of the federal estate. Although the Enabling Act promised that all states would enter the union under the Equal Footing Doctrine that provided for the transfer of public lands, many of the Western States continue to have high percentages of Federal public lands within their borders.

This week we will look at the history, legal challenges, and stewardship issues that surround the public lands debate, and the unintended consequences of continued inaction.

Why Utah should acquire its federal lands

Harriet Hageman cropAbout Harriet Hageman:
Raised on a ranch near Ft. Laramie, Wyoming
Attended Casper College – Livestock Judging Team
University of Wyoming
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration
Graduated from the College of Law in 1989
Founded Hageman Law P.C., in Cheyenne, Wyoming; recently opened a
second office in Lusk, Wyoming
All woman law firm
Practice focused almost exclusively on water, natural resource, and land
use issues
Extensive litigation and trial experience
Expertise in federal regulatory burden
Licensed to practice law in Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado
Professional Activities:
Wyoming Business Alliance, Steering Committee
Mountain States Legal Foundation, Board of Litigation
Honors Received:
2010 Alumni of the Year – Casper College
2011 Doornbos Agriculture Lecture Series & Rancher’s Night Out
Featured Speaker – Casper College
2011 Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductee
Numerous speaking engagements around the United States

Ken Ivory cropKen Ivory is an American politician and a Republican member of the Utah House of Representatives representing District 47 since January 1, 2011. During the 2016 legislative session, Ivory served on the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee, the House Public Utilities (which he was the chair), the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, and the House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee. During the interim, Ivory serves on the Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee, and the Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Interim Committee. He is also a member of the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands, Commission on Federalism and the Federal Funds Commission.
Representative Ivory is a strong supporter of states’ rights and has frequently advocated for Utah to gain control of federal lands. In 2012, Ivory sponsored HB 148, The Utah Transfer of Public Lands Act, which asserted that the federal government must grant federal land to the state of Utah. Though the bill was signed into law in 2012, federal lands have remained in control of the US Department of the Interior.


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