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Wed Aug 31, 2016, 01:11 AM

Elected officials reject a proposed plan from residents sseking local control over federal lands

Elected officials in an Oregon county rejected a proposed plan from a group of residents that sought greater local control over the management of federal lands

PRINEVILLE, Ore. Elected officials in an Oregon county rejected a proposed plan on Tuesday from a group of residents that sought greater local control over the management of federal lands.

The development came as local officials in the West are wrestling with ways to have greater say in how the vast swaths of federal land are managed.

The issue came to a head in adjacent Harney County, where an armed group from out of state seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and held it for 41 days.

About half of Crook County in Central Oregon is public land, most of it managed by the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management.

Read more: http://projects.registerguard.com/apf/ore/or-oregon-public-lands-battle/

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