Trump Isn't Laying Waste To Federal Lands

December 5, 2017

Listen to the hysteria coming from environmental groups and some politicians over President Trump's order on Monday to shrink two national monuments in Utah and you get the idea that all of the nation's federally owned lands will soon become toxic waste dumps, parking lots and battery factories for Tesla.


 Because of Trump, the lumbering buffalo and the nimble deer and antelope will no longer have places to roam. My god, Trump will even sell the land to the Russians so they can plop down tractor factories, and people who shop at REI will no longer be able to brag to their friends about what great hiking places they've found.


The rhetoric is beyond hysterical, with many calling Trump's action an unprecedented assault on public lands. You get the idea from them that there will be no open land left in the United States because Trump will pave all of it over!


So here's my message. Stop the deceitful, over-the-top, politically-motivated rhetoric because the federal government is in no danger of running out of land, or we of open space.


And guess what? Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's report said today said there should be no boundary changes made to the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks or Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments in New Mexico.


Here's a fact straight from the Congressional Research Service: the federal government owns 28 percent of all land in the nation. It means that the feds own 640 million acres of the 2.27 billion acres of land.


In Utah, where Trump just scaled back the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, the feds own 63.1 percent of the land.


And here in New Mexico the feds own 35.4 percent of the land. Now throw in all the land that states own, especially western sates, and you can see that we're in no danger of being paved over.


Cut through the hysteria surrounding the two monuments in Utah and you learn that the feds still own the land that has been cut from the monuments. Here's what The Hill, an online publication said:


“Trump eliminated about 84 percent of Bears Ears and nearly half of Grand Staircase-Escalante, but that doesn’t mean the land will be sold to private owners.


“The parts of the monuments that are no longer protected are still owned by the federal government, mostly the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management.


“That means any proposals by private companies to develop the land, mine on it, drill for oil or natural gas or other major activities, will have to go undergo environmental and other reviews.”


What it means is that regular people will have much more access to that land than they did when it was a national monument. That, of course, infuriates environmentalists because they think all federal land should be their personal playgrounds.


Most of the land the feds owns is in the western states. So here's a breakdown of how much land the feds own out this way:


State            Acres owned by feds      Total acres in state     Percent owned by feds                     

Alaska               223,803,098                365,481,600                   61.2%

Arizona               28,064,307                 72,688,000                    38.6%

California            45,864,800               100,206,720                    35.9%

Colorado             23,870,652                 66,485,760                   45.8%

Hawaii                    820,725                     4,105,600                   20%

Idaho                  32,621,631                  52,933,120                   61.6%

Montana             27,003,251                  93,271,040                   29%

Nevada              59,681,502                  70,264,320                   84.9%

New Mexico       26,981,490                  77,766,400                   34.7%

Oregon              32,614,185                   61,598,720                   52.9

Utah                   34,202,920                  52,698,960                   64.9%

Washington        12,176,293                  42,693,760                  28.5%

Wyoming            30,013,219                  62,343,040                  48.1%

U.S. total           623,313,931                 2.3 billion                     27.4%















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