1 week ago
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.