This should not come as any surprise to Arizona as growth and profit$$$$ dominate our state government…

…This should not come as any surprise to Arizona as growth and profit$$$$ dominate our state government…

Environmental study ranks Arizona second lowest among Western states


Joshua Bowling, The Republic | azcentral.comPublished 6:00 a.m. MT Oct. 18, 2017 | Updated 3:31 p.m. MT Oct. 18, 2017  It found Arizona’s access to public lands and responsible energy development need improvement.

Arizona ranked second-lowest among eight Western states in a scorecard measuring the use and management of public lands, an advocacy group said Tuesday.

The scorecard, produced and released by the non-profit Center for Western Priorities, examined how Western states regulated public lands, recreation, wildlife conservation and energy development.

Jennifer Rokala, the center’s executive director, said reports like this one are increasingly important in the national political climate.

"Currently much attention is focused on the national level at what the Trump administration will do to roll back protections of public lands," she said during a media conference call Tuesday. "Truly, there’s a different story to be told at the state level."

Rokala said "no one state does everything correctly," but she hopes the scorecard will provide a sort of roadmap so state officials can see what policies legislators in nearby states are implementing and learn from them.

Holly Fretwell, a research fellow at the Property and Environmental Research Center in Montana, said these sorts of specific reports can help illustrate what specific states need, rather than "one-size-fits-all" national studies.

Fretwell said public land issues are often difficult issues for states that have to juggle state land use with federal land use.

"We tend to have this conflict," she said. "The competing demands on resources and how to use resources because they’re on the federal level."

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