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In the last few years, the term “public lands” has been spoken about with increasing regularity. You’ve likely seen it in news articles, documentaries and even advertising. But what exactly are public lands?

In the broadest sense, they’re areas of land that are open to the public and managed by the government. You can think of it as land you own (and share with everyone else in the United States). There are three types of government that manage public lands: federal, state and local. Remember, public lands aren’t just national parks—your state and local city parks count, too. And there’s a difference among them. Federal public lands are held in trust for all Americans and the goal is to manage the land for the long-term health of both the land and citizens, according to The Conservation Alliance. Many federal agencies manage public lands for multiple uses, from recreation to timber, but in some form or another every American has a say in how these places get used. For states, it’s hard to generalize. For some lands, there’s no requirement to involve citizens in public land management decisions.

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Scope of administrations rollbacks.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought life to a standstill in many parts of the world, but much to the dismay of environmental and activists, it isn’t holding back President Donald Trump’s efforts to weaken clean-air protections and sell off public lands for private gain.

In recent weeks, as businesses across the country have closed their doors and millions of Americans have become preoccupied with how to keep their families safe, Trump administration officials have quietly forged ahead with plans for sweeping rollbacks of environmental regulations. They’ve fast-tracked proposals to limit scientific input in agency decision-making and weaken enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and given federal approval to a pipeline that would transfer natural gas extracted on Colorado’s Western Slope to an export terminal in Oregon.

 

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