federal land


This week, the Flagstaff City Council voted to support the conservation of forest land surrounding Walnut Canyon National Monument. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it would ultimately be up to Congress to officially safeguard the land.

AZ Senate Votes to Seize Federal Land in State

Mar 9, 2012

The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that would attempt to seize control of of federal lands in the state.

Most of the land in Arizona is controlled by federal agencies, but some state lawmakers say the state would be a better manager of that land.

Tucson Republican Senator Al Melvin sponsored the measure. 

He says federal regulations are killing industries like mining and timber, and the state could collect more money in property taxes if some of that land is sold.