Public Lands


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Public Lands

Land that is owned by the United States government.

Public land refers to the public domain, unappropriated land belonging to the federal government that is subject to sale or other disposal under general laws and is not reserved for any particular governmental or public purpose.

Much of this land was acquired early in the history of the United States as a result of purchases, wars, or treaties made with foreign countries. The federal government used this land to encourage growth, settlement, and economic development. Land that was not developed, homesteaded, or sold remained in federal ownership as public land. Today, the federal government employs principles of land use planning and environmental protection to preserve the natural resources and scenic beauty found on public land.

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Fireworks: The use or possession of fireworks, including safe and sane is hereby prohibited on all public lands of the CDD.
An attack on public lands like Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument threatens local economies and our way of life in Bend and throughout Oregon.
Clearly, a [JVA] is not one of the modes by which agricultural public lands may be disposed of,' he argued.
UW-F and the stakeholders I have spoken with are all adamantly opposed to the leasing of natural public land to the "highest bidder" excluding those of modest means from enjoying their lands.
Carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services provided by approximately 650,000,000 acres of Federal public land in the U.
Sustainable forest practices on public lands are mandatory according to the government's Environment Act, but the Crown has a reduced influence on private property, he says.
Many conservatives accept large campaign contributions from mining, oil, and gas companies, and they tend to favor mare industry access to public lands and resources.
5 million acres of public land in the California Desert Conservation Area and 300,000 acres of scattered parcels in San Diego, western Riverside, western San Bernardino, Orange and Los Angeles counties.
During its first term, the Bush Administration made clear its intent to fundamentally restructure the American public lands management system.
However, the good news is livestock grazing on public lands in the West is gaining recognition as an important issue, due to regional organizations such as Western Watersheds Project, based in Hailey, Idaho, and national organizations such as the Sierra Club.