Voters in U.S. West oppose transfer of public lands to states: survey

(Reuters) – A majority of voters in Western U.S. states oppose proposals for local authorities to take over the management and costs of national forests and other public lands currently run by the federal government, a survey showed. A poll of 1,600 voters in eight states released by the Center for American Progress think tank on Thursday found that only in Utah did a majority, 52 percent, support the idea of transferring those lands to state control. Overall, 59 percent of respondents said such a move would not be fair to taxpayers in their state. …

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