Draft Report Sees Benefit in State Taking US Land

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A report being prepared for Nevada lawmakers says the state could benefit by taking over millions of acres of rangeland currently controlled by federal agencies.

The preliminary Nevada Public Land Management Task Force report prepared with the help of a consultant is due for review Thursday in Tonopah by the Legislative Committee on Public Lands.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that it says the transfer of 4 million acres of Bureau of Land Management property could bring in $31 million to $114 million a year to the state.

The estimate is based on a review of four Western states with significant trust lands under their control.

Talk about public land transfers is getting attention due to an ongoing cattle grazing dispute between Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy and the BLM.