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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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violated the 1987 Constitution and a Commonwealth-era edict on the use of public lands.
It said the low price of horses, combined with tethering on public land, created "a repetitive cycle of acquisition, tethering, neglect and abandonment".
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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.
Lawmakers and land managers who want to tap into the vest climate-mitigation potential of public lands in general, and the nearly 650,000,000 acres of Federal lands in particular, need to make sure that any new climate objectives mesh with other mandated uses, including endangered species preservation, recreation, soil and water conservation, grazing, energy and other natural resource extraction, and timber harvesting.
The 2005 Watershed Preservation Restriction on 75 acres off Bailey Road in Holden, for which the Trust for Public Land assisted the city of Worcester, also will be noted.
Officials with the Trust for Public Land, a national, nonprofit conservation group, said there is little time hesitate to preserve land in a time of housing demands.
A federal judge, however, ruled in early 2004 that the monument's place on public land violated the separation of church and state, despite the city's divesture of it.
That said, public land management also presents important opportunities for public participation in policy making.
Twenty years ago, much of the public land around the San Pedro River in southeastern Arizona resembled the barren and desolate landscape found in a Sub-Saharan desert.
Organizers described Public Land Day as "one of the largest one-day volunteer" public land events ever held.

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