Public lands—land held in the public domain by the federal government—are considered by many to be one of the most valuable resources any country can possess. The United States has extensive public lands, most of which lie in western states (that were added to the union long after the 13 original east coast colonies gained independence as the United States. As new states were accepted into the union, extensive acreage often was retained by the federal government to be used for the benefit of the public. Now, a new group in the US Congress is looking to a legal maneuver to discount the revenue generated by these public lands to make their disposal look less costly.
Congress moves to give away national lands, discounting billions in revenue
By Heather Hansman
January 19, 2017