Federal Lands in the US

Saturday, July 05, 2008 | 05:30 PM

Here is an odd little Fourth of July weekend data point. 

I didn't realize how much of the West is essentially empty Federal Lands.

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via Strangemaps

Political maps of the USA seem skewed by the West, which is mostly Federal Land. Turn that into neither Red or Blue, and you get a country that has been fairly evenly divided.

That seems to be changing this year . . .

 

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Not that you don't already know this, but one of the ironies of the so-called "Sage-Brush Revolution" which Reagan supposedly led was that it was predicated on getting the Federal Government out of the lives of the rural folk in the mountain and transmountain west. The irony lies in the fact that virtually no one would be able to live there without the heroic exertions of the Federal Government which built the dams that made water available, owned the land that the ranchers leased for pennies a section, and virtually gave away the mineral rights to mining and petroleum companies.

The graphic is just confirmation of what we should all have known for a long time.

PS. Read Stegner's "Big Rock Candy Mountain" for a sense of how people looked for a bonanza financed by the government. Great stuff.

Posted by: carwinrpc | Jul 5, 2008 5:45:58 PM

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