Sandoval joins three other governors to discuss Western lands

Victor Joecks

The meeting happened last week, and let's hope it moves from meetings to actions in the near future.

Seeking a unified front on common concerns, the governors of four Western states held discussions Friday on issues ranging from federal land control to immigration.

"The Western states need to bind together and unite their voices," said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, who hosted the talks in his state's capital city.

"We have a uniqueness that other people don't understand."

The participating governors, all Republicans, included Idaho's Butch Otter, Wyoming's Matt Mead and Nevada's Brian Sandoval, who joined the conference by phone.

The all-day gathering, which Herbert dubbed the Rocky Mountain Roundtable, focused heavily on the management of public lands by the federal government.

All of the states represented have large swaths under federal control, whether it's national forest, national parks or acreage owned by Bureau of Land Management.

How much of Nevada does the federal government own? About 85 percent.

Thomas Mitchell at 4th St8 has done a really good job covering this issue. Be sure to check it out.