The Future of Federal-State Land Exchanges, an RMMLF White Paper

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Title The Future of Federal-State Land Exchanges, an RMMLF White Paper
Creator Ruple, John; Keiter Robert
Description Today, the land ownership map of the West in many places resembles a crazy quilt, without reason or coherent pattern. Often no single owner (states, private entities, or the Federal government) owns enough contiguous land to allow effective management of land holdings, and fragmented ownership patterns generate a plethora of disputes over access and similar problems. While this paper focuses on examples from Utah, the challenges posed by a fragmented landscape and conflicting management objectives are much broader. Across the 11 contiguous Western states, state trust lands account for twice the acreage of National Parks and trust lands are often interspersed with protected or sensitive lands. Inholdings within National Forests, for example, total 14.3 million acres.9 While many inholdings are owned by private parties rather than state trust land agencies, the fact that National Forest inholdings in the 11 contiguous Western states account for more land than all of Maryland and Vermont combined indicates the scope of the problem.
Publisher Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and Environment
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Identifier RMMLF White Paper-FINAL
Language eng
Relation Stegner Center; Institutional Repository
School or College College of Law
Rights Management Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and Environment, S.J. Quinney College of Law
Holding Institution S.J. Quinney College of Law University of Utah
ARK ark:/87278/s69k7h2x
Setname uu_law_clp
Date Created 2014-06-20
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 729095
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s69k7h2x
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