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Lands We All Own – Public Lands Map
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The United States encompasses 2.27 billion acres of total surface land… Together, the American People collectively own 640 million acres of those lands. Source: Congressional Research Service Federal Land Ownership: Overview and Data

Keep Public Lands in Public Hands
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KEEP PUBLIC LANDS IN PUBLIC HANDS Based on the economic theorems associated with the capitalistic model, our last surviving wilderness landscapes in the United States would hypothetically become unsustainably exploited for their natural resources, and/or otherwise commercially developed, if held … Read More

Conserving Mother Nature
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CONSERVING NATURE Public land ownership conserves a semblance of the evolutionary course and ecological dynamic set in motion by mother nature herself, free from the exploitation and plunder associated with the individual profit motives, and large scale landscape altering encroachments … Read More

Intact Ecosystems
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INTACT ECOSYSTEMS Public land ownership has safeguarded the last wild and undisturbed eco-systems found within the modern American landscape, still lingering as relatively ecologically intact today. For example: → The Hoh Rainforest in Washington’s Olympic National Park. → The Bob … Read More

Public Land Ownership
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PUBLIC OWNERSHIP Public ownership of land protects and conserves the complexities and beauties inherent to the natural world, sustained free from modern residential development. The prevention of contemporary residential sprawl onto lands owned by the public, inevitably helps maintain the … Read More

Untold Values of Public Lands
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UNTOLD VALUES The values we maintain as Americans through collective ownership of some 640 million acres of national public lands in the United States, are so incredible, and so extraordinary, an honest procedure for quantifying their total value is unknown … Read More

Intrinsic Values of Public Lands
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INTRINSIC VALUES Intrinsic values those which are independent of human needs or uses. The values beyond the scope of how the land can benefit humanity. Nature’s beauty and complexity go far beyond the capacity of modern humans to recreate, with … Read More

Ethical Values of Public Lands
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ETHICAL VALUES Wild animals have the same essential needs that we have. They must find healthy food, adequete shelter, and safe spaces to rear their young. Fundamentally, wild beasts require the continued preservation of wild habitat for them to live … Read More

Health Values of Public Lands
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HEALTH VALUES Recreational activities made possible by public land ownership maintain potential to enhance our physical and mental well-being. Public lands might be the single most extraordinary arena available to someone seeking to challenge their physical and mental aptitude, test … Read More

Spiritual Values of Public Lands
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SPIRITUAL VALUES Public lands are places of worship, with wild ecosystems providing the necessary context and setting for spiritual, religious, and/or mystical experiences. Undeveloped and undisturbed wild landscapes where nature’s beauty remains protected and preserved. Some go so far as … Read More

Cultural Values of Public Lands
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CULTURAL VALUES Wilderness is a defining component of our national heritage and history in the United States. Maintaining opportunities to connect with our shared natural heritage protects cultural values for the American People. We also have to reckon with the … Read More

Social Values of Public Lands
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SOCIAL VALUES Opportunities to engage in numerous socially beneficial activities are available to the American people through the continued maintenance of public land ownership in the United States. Team building, character building, increased self-esteem, increased self-efficacy, increased mental fitness, increased … Read More

Scenic Values of Public Lands
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SCENIC VALUES Private land can be developed, modified, and/or altered based on the preferences of the landowner. In contrast, public land is owned by everyone, resulting in important limits on the potential for many types of modern developments and large … Read More

Economic Values of Public Lands
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ECONOMIC VALUES The outdoor recreation economy is a multi-billion-dollar industry. In 2019, outdoor recreation produced over 7 million direct jobs in the United States. Local municipalities adjacent to public lands are major benefactors to the outdoor recreation economy, generating jobs … Read More

Recreational Values of Public Lands
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RECREATIONAL VALUES You can hike, fish, hunt, camp, ride horses, rock climb, view wildlife, take photographs, pray, kayak, canoe, or raft on public lands and waters. Recreational opportunities are bountiful within the bounds of our national public land system in … Read More

Scientific Values of Public Lands
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SCIENTIFIC VALUES Public lands protect the setting and raw materials for numerous scientific inquiries. Access to publicly owned land is essential for ecologists, biologists, and other scientists to perform scientific research. Case in point… Around 80% of the world’s medicines … Read More

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