Public Lands Articles




Uncle Sam – the Largest Land Owner in the U.S.


The federal government owns or administers programs on nearly one-third of the country’s land – making it the largest landowner in the U.S. by a very wide margin.

American and Utah Farm Bureaus defend National Monuments proclamation


The American Farm Bureau Federation and Utah Farm Bureau Federation have filed court papers seeking to intervene to support the government’s defense of multiple lawsuits

Access to Majority of Bureau of Land Management Public Lands to Remain Open During Government Shutdown: BLM facilities will be closed


During the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, the majority of Bureau of Land Management public lands across the country will remain as accessible as possible

Farm Bureau Hails Bears Ears, Escalante Reforms


The announcement from the administration about a reduction in the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments marks a return of common sense to environmental stewardship.

Wade Garrett named Director of Public Policy at Utah Farm Bureau


The Utah Farm Bureau is pleased to announce the hiring of Wade Garrett of Nephi as Director of Public Policy.

House Committee Moves Bill Requiring Transparency in Designation of National Monuments


The House Natural Resources Committee has approved a bill that would restore Congress’ original intent in passing the Antiquities Act in 1906.

A Call for More Firefighting Cows & Sheep


Grazing livestock is a valuable, proven tool to reduce the risk of wildfire.

U.S. House Passes Western Water Legislation: Includes Water Rights Protection Act


The Water Rights Protection Act reaffirms the existing principle of federal law that recognizes the ability of states to confer water rights and acknowledges that the federal government will respect those lawfully acquired rights.

Pruitt, Zinke Visit State Farm Bureau Presidents


Two high-ranking Trump administration officials – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke – made guest appearances Tuesday morning in Washington during AFBF’s Council of Presidents.

Share Secretary Ryan Zinke Appoints Utah's Greg Sheehan as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recently announced the appointment of Greg Sheehan to the newly-created position of Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.