The Federal Government owns millions of acres, most of it in western states and Alaska. Here’s the breakdown:
Nevada : 84.5%, Alaska: 69.1%, Utah: 57.4%, Oregon: 53.1%, Idaho: 50.2%, Arizona: 48.1%, California: 45.3%, Wyoming: 42.3%, New Mexico: 41.8%, Colorado: 36.6%
If this weren’t enough, plans have been in the making for even more land to be designated as federal land. Here’s part of a report from Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, who is chairman of the U.S. Senate Steering Committee. To my chagrin, I have not known about this:
A secret administration memo has surfaced revealing plans for the federal government to seize more than 10 million acres from Montana to New Mexico, halting job-creating activities like ranching, forestry, mining and energy development. Worse, this land grab would dry up tax revenue that’s essential for funding schools, firehouses and community centers.
President Obama could enact the plans in this memo with just the stroke of a pen, without any input from the communities affected by it.
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