SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Taking control of federally-owned forests, deserts and pastures is the main issue a handful of Republican lawmakers from Western states will discuss Friday morning.
The panel includes state lawmakers from Montana, Nevada and Utah.
The talk follows an announcement last week from another group of Western officials who met in Utah. The group on Friday said it's their turn to manage federal lands rich in oil, timber and minerals.
But critics are questioning where states will find resources to manage vast ranges.
The Bureau of Land Management in recent weeks rounded up cattle belonging Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying he hasn't paid grazing fees he has owed since the 1990s. Bundy does not recognize federal authority on the land.
Federal officials released the cattle after a standoff with armed protesters.
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