I seem to recall the Bureau of Land Management was once actually named the Grazing Bureau or something like that. They are definitely skewed toward resource exploitation. All of this government land is a consequence of the mismatch of the various Homestead Acts and conditions in the West. The Homestead laws did not take into account the aridity of the West and the unsuitability of much of the land for agriculture.hence much of the landscape was never successfully homesteaded in the way the laws provided for. Bernard DeVoto wrote eloquently about the need for large scale land management there, citing the consequences of overgrazing and deforestation on the landscape. There remain unresolved questions regarding the sustainability of livestock grazing on arid lands for example that presumably aren't a popular topic of conversation in a lot of places.
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9/3/10 at 7:04am
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