The Case Against Transferring BLM Lands to the States

10 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2017

Date Written: March 14, 1996


This essay, written well before the efforts of recent years to de-federalize public lands, evaluates proposals in the 1990s to transfer BLM lands to the states. The essay criticizes those efforts, suggesting that they would undermine prospects for additions to conservation areas like wilderness, would lead to a loss of public access and science-based management, produce increased fragmented jurisdiction, increase environmental costs, and reduce public participation.

Keywords: public lands, environmental protection, property, natural resources law

JEL Classification: H11, H44, H53, H77, K11, K32, N52, Q24, Q28

Suggested Citation

Blumm, Michael C., The Case Against Transferring BLM Lands to the States (March 14, 1996). Fordham Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 7, No. 387, 1996. Available at SSRN:

Michael C. Blumm (Contact Author)

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