Trump takes on the BLM in Nevada

In his One View column, Donald J. Trump attempts to make BLM the scapegoat for all the problems in the West [“Trump: Nevada, U.S. need president who obeys rule of law,” Voices, Jan. 30].

Unfortunately, Mr. Trump’s statements about BLM are factually incorrect.  The BLM does not control over 85 percent of the land in Nevada.  Public lands in Nevada are managed by several federal agencies, including BLM, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.  According to the Congressional Research Service, BLM lands account for 68 percent of the federal lands in Nevada.

Second, the BLM is not “reluctant” to release land in Clark County to help with affordable housing, as Mr. Trump states.  Section 7(b) of the 1998 Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Acts allows BLM to sell land up to a 95 percent discount for affordable housing.   Several affordable housing projects have been developed in Clark County as a result.

Candace H. Stowell, Carson City

http://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/02/07/letter-trump-should-not-make-blm-scapegoat/79760834/

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