The federal government owns almost 650 million acres of land in the U.S. That’s about 30 percent of all the land area in the nation and includes national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. In other words, it’s equivalent to 1 out of every 3 acres in the U.S. — 1 out of every 2 acres in the West...And now the Senate thinks the government needs even more land....“Inholders, owners of private property within federally owned areas, will be threatened first,” Cushman warns. “This is no Smokey the Bear coming in, this is heavy-handed, land-buying gangsters that don’t care how many landowners get hurt.” These massive land grabs have had proven negative impacts on job markets, economic development, education and tax revenues for those states that house these lands.
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