Government Owns 28 Percent of Land in United States

Movement grows to transfer land from federal government to states

The federal government owns 28 percent of the land in the United States, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service.

“Federal land ownership is concentrated in the West,” explains the service. “Specifically, 62% of Alaska is federally owned, as is 47% of the 11 coterminous western states. By contrast, the federal government owns only 4% of lands in the other states.”

There has been a growing movement to transfer land from the federal government to states. According to a report from Newsmax, 36 bills have been introduced in state legislatures to move this effort forward.

For example, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R., Alaska) introduced legislation that would advance a land transfer between Alaska and the federal government to allow the construction of a road that would provide local residents with access to medical care in emergency situations.

Full article: Government Owns 28 Percent of Land in United States (Washington Free Beacon)

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