Local conservation organization Wilderness Workshop came out swinging on Friday, rallying its members to oppose a bill that calls for the sale of 3.3 million acres of Bureau of Land Management lands across 10 Western states, including Colorado.
HR 621 was introduced by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, just a few days after the House passed a rules package that greased the skids for such land sales by removing any financial impacts to the federal budget of auctioning off public lands or transferring them to the states.
In Colorado, 93,741 acres of land would be up for sale to the highest bidder, according to the Wilderness Workshop. Over 1,700 acres of that land is in Garfield County, while another 320 is in Gunnison County.
Wilderness Workshop conservation director Will Roush said he had no idea which particular local parcels are included in Chaffetz’s legislation.