Why Does The U.S. Government Own So Much Land In The West?

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For decades, ranchers in the western U.S. have criticized the government’s land policies. So, just how much land does the government own?

Learn More:
Before Cliven Bundy Stand-Off, A Collision Between Ranchers and Tortoises
http://www.newsweek.com/cliven-bundy-stand-collision-between-ranchers-and-tortoises-252840
“When the U.S. government declared the Mojave desert tortoise an endangered species in 1989, it effectively marked the cattle ranchers of Nevada’s Clark County for extinction.”

Of Ranchers And Rancor: The Roots Of The Armed Occupation In Oregon
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/03/461831737/of-ranchers-and-rancor-the-roots-of-the-armed-occupation-in-oregon
“A self-styled militia in eastern Oregon grabbed national headlines Saturday when members broke into the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.”

How the West Is Owned
http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/291-federal-lands-in-the-us
“The rough beauty of the American West seems as far as you can get from the polished corridors of power in Washington DC. Until you look at the title to the land.”

The First Sagebrush Rebellion: Forest Reserves and States Rights in Colorado and the West, 1891-1907
http://www.foresthistory.org/Publications/Books/Origins_National_Forests/sec13.htm
“In Nevada in the summer of 1979 the Sagebrush Rebellion began its long sweep across the American West.”

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