Elk NetworkWestern Land Exchange Program One Step Closer to Reauthorization

General | March 8, 2018

The House Natural Resources Committee voted unanimously to advance legislation to permanently reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA), a modified land exchange program for the West that increases recreational access to public lands, supports economic development and consolidates land ownership. The program is currently expired and unavailable.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation joined more than 83 groups to sign on a letter of support in favor of the program.

If congressionally reestablished, FLTFA would facilitate a land exchange program, allowing land sale proceeds to fund land acquisitions. Under FLTFA, strategic federal land sales by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) contribute to an account for the purchase of high-priority conservation lands within or adjacent to federal lands in the eleven contiguous western states and Alaska, as well as for administrative costs of BLM land sales.

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