June 4, 2014 | Volume 101 / Number 23

Ownership Of America's Lands Belongs Where It Is

When you have hunted, hiked, worked, and snowmobiled – you name it – on Forest Service land for decades you can begin to feel as if you had an entitlement to that land. Call it the right of possession by proximity and use; but because no one knows that land like we do, or uses it like we do, we feel we should have a say in how it’s managed.

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Some people think Montana should have the ownership, as well, and that’s going too far.

First of all, when Montana was granted statehood in 1889, we agreed to the terms of the Enabling Act passed by Congress creating Montana, Washington, and the...

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