Go West, Young . . . On Second Thought

Having recently driven from South Dakota through Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington I am aware of just how much time we spent traversing various national parks, forests, etc. However, my own experiences do not tell the entire story. The following map does a much better job of it.

From the article which is attached to the map, we have this explication:

The United States government has direct ownership of almost 650 million acres of land (2.63 million square kilometers) – nearly 30% of its total territory. These federal lands are used as military bases or testing grounds, nature parks and reserves and indian reservations, or are leased to the private sector for commercial exploitation (e.g. forestry, mining, agriculture). They are managed by different administrations, such as the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the US Department of Defense, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Bureau of Reclamation or the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Among other facts, I did not previously know that Nevada was merely a shell of itself. It is little wonder that Harry Reid is so comfortable in DC–the federal government directly controls 84.5% of his home state.


6 thoughts on “Go West, Young . . . On Second Thought

  1. There’s a degree of irony in the apparent fact that socializmus-oozing NY has one of the lowest percentages of land arrogated owned by the Feds, whilst the home State of free-wheeling Las Vegas has the highest. I wonder how different would that map appear were it to include State owned land…

    1. I shouldn’t wonder that the map reflects, in part, that the eastern lands were settled first. You do make a good point, however, with reference to how the map would look different if all the state owned land were added to the equation. I would say that we should add all the land owned by counties, townships, towns, cities, etc.

      Something to work on in my spare time.

    1. If you tried to include it and it didn’t make it, it must not. I believe the comments permit a very bare minimum of html.

  2. Wonder how much money the gov’t could raise by selling that land to private individuals/corporations?

    How much could they save if they just returned it to the states for them to do this?

    Though, in fairness, we do need some large, continguous areas for missile tests and similar matters and it’s better to do that sort of thing in places where there aren’t very many people – like quite a bit of Nevada.

    1. I should think that the government could raise quite a bit of cash–particularly if logging, mining and drilling permits were included with the sales.

      Agreed that we do need some large chunks of largely forsaken land for testing missiles, etc–but then again, we used to be able to do some of that way out the Pacific until people began to concern themselves with whether or not we were disturbing the whales.

      I’m sure there is a poor lizard in Nevada which needs to go on the endangered list sometime soon.

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