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What would happen to federal lands if the Bundys got their way?

The Malheur Refuge-occupying Bundy family and some Republican politicians argue that states like Nevada should control public land. Currently, the federal government owns nearly half of western land, which is managed by agencies like the Bureau of Land Management and the National Parks Service.

If, however, the feds gave up control of all that land, what would happen? Seattle public radio station KNKX found that transferring control to states would be a big — and costly — endeavor, one that most states aren’t prepared to undertake without federal dollars.

“I think that there are some assumptions in these state arguments that the federal government is going to continue to provide resources for these landscapes, and that’s not going to happen if they are not federal resources and they aren’t owned by all American people,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell told KNKX.

Without federal funding, the consequences for our natural resources could be huge. For more, check out KNKX’s story.