Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA)
The Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA) is a critical program for Western lands. Supported by a diverse list of over 145 groups, reauthorizing FLTFA would bring back a “land for land” mechanism allowing the proceeds from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land sales to fund critical land conservation in the West at BLM conservation areas, national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, national trails, wilderness, Wild and Scenic Rivers and more. FLTFA reauthorization would benefit businesses, counties, private landowners, sportsmen, outdoor enthusiasts and a multitude of others through this common sense approach to land sales and land conservation. We urge the 113th Congress to reauthorize the important program as soon as possible, in order to provide benefits for countless interests in the West and our nation.
SENATE BILL, S. 368
S. 368, Bipartisan Senate Bill—Senators Heinrich (D-NM) and Heller (R-NV). Cosponsors include Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Max Baucus (D-MT), Jon Tester (D-MT), Mark Udall (D-CO), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Michael Crapo (R-ID). On May 16, 2013, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee unanimously approved S. 368. They amended the bill from an eight year reauthorization to no sunset, and amended so that all BLM land sales revenue from current and future BLM Resource Management Plans (RMPs) will generate funding for the FLTFA program, instead of just from BLM RMPs in place upon the reauthorization date. The bill awaits a vote on the Senate Floor.
HOUSE BILL, H.R. 2068
H.R. 2068, Bipartisan House Bill—Representatives Lummis (R-WY) and DeFazio (D-OR). Representative Amodei (R-NV) is also an original cosponsor. The bill reauthorizes FLTFA for seven years.
- Media Statement: The Conservation Fund Supports Swift Passage of Western Lands Bill in the House, H.R. 2068 (5/21/2013)
- FLTFA reauthorization, S. 368, passes Senate ENR Committee (5/16/2013)
- Groups Sign Letter in Support of S. 368, FLTFA Reauthorization (4/22/2013)
- Senators Introduce Bipartisan FLTFA Reauthorization Legislation (02/14/13)
You can learn more about FLTFA reauthorization within the fact sheet links, as well as the “How FLTFA Works” section, below. The fact sheets are a great resource for your meetings with Congressional offices and other partners.
State Fact Sheets
HOW FLTFA WORKS
A “Land for Land” Program that helps create jobs, boost the local economy, provide access for recreation, and protect places we love.
The FLTFA program allows the Bureau of Land Management to sell federal land deemed disposable to landowners, counties, businesses and other private interests for ranching, timber and agricultural production, community development and other uses. The funds from the sales go directly back into land conservation – high priority lands from willing sellers within or adjacent to BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System, national forests, national wildlife refuges, national parks, national trails, wilderness, wild and scenic river and other priority federal areas.
The Federal land sales provide an opportunity for private or local interests to utilize isolated parcels that are difficult for the BLM to manage. The disposal parcels are identified through an extensive and public land assessment process. The conservation funding generated from the sales provides access to new lands and water where Americans can hunt, fish, hike, bike and recreate, while also often protecting wildlife habitat, historic sites, water quality and other features. These new places help create jobs and boost the local tourism economy through recreational equipment sales, hotels, restaurants, gas stations and more. By providing landowners with additional opportunities to sell their lands, FLTFA helps landowners achieve their economic goals. Because it is self financed through BLM land sales, FLTFA does not require taxpayer funds.
Completed FLTFA projects include river frontage for fly-fishing access at North Platte River SRMA, big-game winter habitat at Elk Springs ACEC in New Mexico, hiking access at Hells Canyon Wilderness in Arizona, historic preservation at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado, trumpeter swam preservation at Red Rock Lakes Refuge in Montana, rafting on the South Fork Snake River in Idaho and Rogue Wild and Scenic River in Oregon, conservation at Grand Teton National Park and many sites.
- Breakdown of how FLTFA funds are spent
- Agency process and percentages of funding to each agency
- Examples of FLTFA projects (5/2013)
FLTFA REAUTHORIZATION AND THE 112TH CONGRESS
Senator Bingaman (D-NM) introduced S.714, to extend FLTFA ten years until July 2021. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the bill. The Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S. 3525) included FLTFA reauthorization, and the Senate held several favorable procedural votes on the bill, but ultimately did not pass it. As reported, S.714 preserved the Southern Nevada legislation, along with county legislation for Lincoln and White Pine Counties, Nevada, Owyhee County, Idaho, Washington County, Utah, and Douglas County, Washington. Current co-sponsors include Senators Wyden (D-OR), Merkley (D-OR), Tester (D-MT), Baucus (D-MT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Mark Udall (D-CO) and Bennet (D-CO).
Representatives Lummis (R-WY) and Heinrich (D-NM) introduced a bipartisan bill to reauthorize FLTFA for seven years. In May 2012, the House Subcommittee on Parks, Forests and Lands held a hearing and Rep. Lummis and BLM testified in support. Original cosponsors included Representatives Bishop (R-UT), Simpson (R-ID), Pearce (R-NM), Gosar (R-AZ), and Lujan (D-NM). Other co-sponsors include Representatives McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA), Reichert (R-WA), Chaffetz (R-UT), Walden (R-OR), Labrador (R-ID), Amodei (R-NV), Coffman (R-CO), Pastor (D-AZ), DeFazio (D-OR), Blumenauer (D-OR), Woolsey (D-CA), Filner (D-CA) and Rothman (D-NJ).