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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Each year National Public Lands Day brings together more than 150,000 volunteers across the nation to refurbish and restore public places," said Dunn, who will be volunteering at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Cumberland County.
To identify and define key development projects for public lands.
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.
NPLD inspires a new generation of volunteers committed to service on public lands.
Ongoing rounds of climate policy debate and development present an opportunity to integrate public lands into comprehensive climate policy but, oven if the current Congress doesn't act on climate legislation, other policy vehicles exist.
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.
Nominees will be evaluated based on their education, training and knowledge of the bureau, the California Desert District, and the issues involving BLM-administered public lands within Southern California.
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.