LAY OF THE LAND

Field and Stream - - ON THE COVER -

WHAT’S AT STAKE IN THE PUB­LIC-LANDS BAT­TLE? HERE’S A BREAK­DOWN OF ALL THE FED­ERAL LAND LEFT IN THE U.S., NEARLY ALL OF WHICH COULD BE SOLD OFF IF TRANS­FERRED, AND THE PER­CENT­AGE THAT IT COMPOSES OF EACH STATE

THE HOLDOUT

Mon­tana has largely op­posed a fed­eral-lands trans­fer and re­tains 88 per­cent of its pub­lic­trust land—more than any other state.

THE ALL-IN STATE

Ne­vada stands to gain the most from a lands trans­fer, since fed­eral land composes 85 per­cent of the state. What’s more, Ne­vada has liq­ui­dated 99 per­cent of the lands granted to it at state­hood, the worst record in the na­tion.

the alone-star state

Texas has only 3 mil­lion acres of fed­eral land, and has sold 41 mil­lion acres, or 98 per­cent, of the state land set aside for the pub­lic.

crowd pleaser

Penn­syl­va­nia has a whop­ping 970,000 hunt­ing-li­cense hold­ers. A trans­fer could boot them from the state’s mere 617,000 acres of fed­eral pub­lic land.

Blown Off States don’t have to per­mit hunt­ing on en­er­gy­de­vel­op­ment sites.

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