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The State of our public lands? In the bull’s eye

By: 
Judith Kohler January 21, 2015




Our public lands are in the bull’s eye. Legislators in states throughout the West have launched efforts to take over national public lands or explore ways to do it. Proponents claim the states can manage the lands better but gloss over how much it will cost to assume stewardship of millions of acres. They dodge arguments that state takeover of public lands – lands owned by all Americans – inevitably will lead to  big sell-offs of the choicest parcels, many of which provide some of the best hunting, fishing and sightseeing in the country.

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