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The federal government may be poor in cash, but it is rich in land. In fact, the federal government has direct ownership of about 650 million acres, which is about 30% of the total territory of the USA.
To date, private interests, like ranchers, have been allowed to exploit public acres for various commercial purposes, like the grazing of cattle. This right to exploit government land is now being challenged, especially by environmental groups.
The Sierra Club’s Federal Public Lands Grazing policy, for one example, states, “Commercial grazing is not appropriate on federal public lands except where it is shown by science that some grazing is needed to achieve ecological objectives.”
Ranchers who hold federal grazing permits see a threat to their future in these environmental challenges, and so the fight is on throughout the West.
But now another rumor is spreading through the early morning coffee shops of the West, and those rumors lead us to ask…
Is government planning to sell our land to China? (Food Chain Radio #735)