Report: Nevada Would Benefit Financially From Transfer Of Federal Land

A state report reviewed by lawmakers Thursday found Nevada would benefit financially from the takeover of millions of acres of rangeland currently under federal control.

The proposal found the transfer of four million acres of Bureau of Land Management property could generate $31 million to $114 million annually for the state, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The report, authored by the Nevada Public Land Management Task Force, is being made public in light of the recent grazing fee dispute and showdown between the BLM and rancher Cliven Bundy.

The Review-Journal reported the proposal was reviewed Thursday in Tonopah by the Legislative Committee on Public Lands. The task force was created by the 2013 Legislature to evaluate the feasibility of the state taking control of some of the federally controlled public lands statewide.

A final report is due from the task force by Sept. 1, the Review-Journal reported.

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