Re: Subject: Land rights

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Mon Jul 30 2001 - 19:42:59 MDT

About Georgianism

By the way, the following, taken from
details how extremely greedy the Federal government has been with
land, keeping it out of production, just as so many famous people
(see first URL above) have complained. My arithmetic (based on
the following) indicates that the Federal government owns 30% of
land in the United States.

(1997) The Federal Estate
The federal government [in 1997] owns about 650 million acres of natural resource lands.
Aside from a few million acres managed by the Department of Defense, those lands are
nearly all managed by four agencies, three of which are in the Department of the Interior:

The most valuable lands are the 192 million acres of national forests managed by the
Forest Service, which is in the Department of Agriculture;

The most extensive lands are the 270 million acres managed by the Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) of the Department of the Interior;

The most famous lands are the 80 million acres of parks, monuments, historic sites, and
recreation and other areas managed by the National Park Service of the Department of the

The most obscure lands are the 90 million acres of fish and wildlife refuges managed by
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, also in the Department of the Interior.

A vast majority of those lands, including more than 75 percent of the national forest
acres, more than 90 percent of the national park acres, and more than 99 percent of the
BLM acres, are located in the 12 western states including Alaska.

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