The Overreach of the Federal Government Through the BLM

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It seems there is  a continuous conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and private citizens.

In the western United States, the BLM owns over sixty percent of the land, and  over ninety percent of Nevada. Most of those lands shouldn’t be controlled by the federal government. There is no legitimate reason why the federal government should control ninety percent of Nevada and over sixty percent of the land in our western states. Most of the land should be under state and local control.

Undoubtedly, some parks and the like should be a national treasure, but not everything is a national treasure.  Much of the land is desolate wasteland and should be under the control of state and local governments, available for purchase by the ordinary citizen. By doing so, the land could be more readily available to everyone. There would still be land use regulations to abide by so that environmentally hazardous facilities could not be constructed.

It has become a big land grab where the rights of private citizens are ignored for  supposedly the protection of our natural resources.  The BLM can come in and use almost any excuse to grab the land from defenseless farmers and rancher. Thereby creating a situation where very few people  in the western United States  will defend the actions of the Bureau of Land Management.

We lived in Sedona Arizona for a time, one of the most beautiful areas on the planet, many think it should be a national park. I don’t necessarily agree, if the National  Park Service owned it, access would be limited and there would be a charge to enter.

People are living there and it is still very beautiful and everyone can enjoy it on a daily basis. It hasn’t been ruined by human habitation, just the opposite. There is nothing on this planet like waking up in the morning, walking out of your hotel or home and seeing some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet or looking up and seeing a zillion stars at night, a little bit of heaven.

They have no street lights in Sedona and it’s like living in the country as soon as the sun goes down.

Contrary to what many in the federal government think, the citizenry is capable of governing themselves and making wise decisions concerning their lives and the environment around them, we don’t need the federal government telling us what to do and how to do it.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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