Federal Lands: Reasons for and Effects of Inadequate Public Access.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC RESOURCES COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVE LOPMENT DIV
Pagination or Media Count:
The total land area of the United States is 2.3 billion acres. Approximately one-third of this total, or about 700 million acres, is owned by the federal government. The Department of Agricultures Forest Service and the Department of the Interiors Bureau of Land Management BI manage about 465 million acres. This land contains many resources, including minerals, timber, rangeland, fish and wildlife habitats, recreation areas, and cultural and historic sites. Intermingled with the federal land, however, is state and local government land as well as land owned by corporations, Native American tribes, and private individuals. This checkerboard pattern of ownership, particularly in the western states, can make it difficult for the public to get to federal land without traversing nonfederal land. Unless the federal government obtains permanent, legal public access, nonfederal landowners can control or deny the publics ability to reach federal land.
- Agricultural Economics
- Information Science
- Government and Political Science