In the Grand Canyon State, 23.4 million acres of publicly owned national forest and Bureau of Land Management lands provide fish and wildlife with irreplaceable habitat. Despite the immense value of America’s public lands, special interests are working hard in favor of the Arizona public lands transfer. If the state were to take over these lands, it is indisputable that important lands would be sold off and closed to hunting, fishing, and public access.
Arizona government officials and stakeholders realize that this idea is unworkable, and they are stepping up in support of America’s public lands legacy.
Vetoed two bills that sought to advance the seizure of America’s public lands in 2015.
-Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Vetoed a bill demanding that Congress turn over all public lands to the state of Arizona in 2012.
-Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
Arizona voters, who said no to Proposition 120, seeking the state takeover of all natural resources including America’s public lands. It was defeated on November 6, 2012, by a margin of 2-1 (67.7 percent opposed).