Trump and Federal Lands

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by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager
Associated Oregon Loggers

Trump and Federal Lands: The newly-approved Republican national platform document expands support for transfer of some federal lands to states. Although the platform is largely a ceremonial document, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) said the revised federal lands platform highlights the gridlock that hobbles federal land managing agencies across the West. Congressman Walden has met with Trump presidential campaign officials—who said “Mr. Trump was all aboard” about needed congressional action aimed at boosting harvest and grazing management on national forests and BLM lands. The Trump campaign said it preferred a more moderate position to take action to improve forest management, giving states a larger role in managing those lands, rather than outright transfer to states.