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Monday, July 15, 2013

Federales Versus States

It looks like about half of the land West of the Great Plains belongs to the Feds in one form or another: military bases, weapons testing areas, National Forests and National Parks. Most of the Rocky Mountains, the West Coast and the Great Southwest Desert is unsuitable for farming: too many rocks, steep hillsides, lack of water. From a comment on View From The Porch.

Note about the map: This map is on the web, but site that spawned it seems to have vanished. This scaled down version of the map is a bit fuzzy and the full size image isn't much better. Whoever created it used some kind of dithering process on it. Maybe that makes for a better printed copy on older printers.

Update: Don't forget the BLM (Bureau of Land Management), 264 million acres.

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