This article was in the Wall Street Journal today:
Take action October 9, 2011
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New York’s Federal Lands September 30, 2011
Early in the semester, Prof. Owley asked us about federal lands in New York, and, possibly due to the limited amount or notoriety of the lands in New York, we seemed, as a whole, pretty unaware of the locations. So, I looked into it a bit and ended up finding a pretty cool website that has an interactive map of federal lands. The site shows all land either owned or administered by the Federal Government and also includes layering options with information and data collected by, I assume, other government agencies, such as agricultural, biological, climatic, environmental, geological, and historical information. The raw data is also available.
The URL is:
If you just want to see New York, check out:
A good site for state public lands (I find this useful for finding local hiking and fishing spots) is:
Lands Held in Trust and the Current Economic Crisis September 28, 2011
Is it time we cash in on our lands held in trust? Throughout history the disposition or selling of land has been used to overcome financial burdens of our government and maybe, given the current state of our economy and the budget deficits, we should take up the policy of selling off public lands again. A lot may be at stake, such as our ability to preserve these areas for future generations’ enjoyment, to conserve the lands and ensure optimal usage, and to ensure the existence of ecosystems critical to life on our planet, but there is also a lot to gain, such as eliminating the burden of ever-increasing debt on future generations, jump starting the economy (via new federal spending, new private development opportunities, and tax decreases), creating new jobs (which puts food on a lot of tables), and buying time for our politicians to figure out a reasonable, responsible, and sustainable approach to government without a catastrophic shutdown.