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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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This failure to act is beyond comprehension given how this program benefits all Americans," said Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land.
They can be found on public land, too, and they will eventually make mistakes just like any other buck.
To identify primary public land and property holdings in Kampala (KCCA, ULC).
Leasing recreation access to public land is potentially the end, and surely a major reduction, of hunting and other recreation by citizens on water management district properties which were paid for with their taxes.
However, I believe many treestand thefts could be prevented if we didn't have lazy hunters leaving hunting stands out on public land for extended periods of time.
Energy legislation or a public lands omnibus bill would provide opportunities to address unanswered questions and lingering inefficiencies related to the future of public land management and its role in climate mitigation," notes Galik.
The Trust for Public Land, working with local land conservancy groups, and state, federal officials and the Worcester Department of Public Works, recently finalized an easement on 75 acres of wooded land, with more than a mile of frontage on Scott Brook, according to Kim Gilman, public affairs manager for the Trust for Public Land.
The findings of Unlocking Public Land for Housing Supply were launched at the association's Sustainable Development and New Settlements Conference earlier this month.
Our action centered on the cross atop Sunrise Rock in the Mojave Desert, but it bears many similarities to the cross atop Mount Soledad near San Diego -- a war memorial in the shape of the symbol of a specific faith, erected on public land and maintained by a public agency.
I am honored to join the New Jersey Advisory Council of The Trust for Public Land," Zangari stated.
The United States, through its Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Department of Interior, and Bureau of Land Management, had attempted to reclassify the Pine Creek Ranch in central Nevada as public land, and thereby take the ranch without compensation to the owner, Wayne Hage.
Lyme Timber acquired the 13 Mile Woods property in 2000 with the intention of working with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to assist in the long-term protection of the property.

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