Public land should mean for all of us right? Well, despite the fact that most of the hundreds of millions of acres of public land are free to visit for the average person, there are nearly 10 million acres that are closed off to the general public because they are surrounded by privately owned property.
Now, 10 million acres that are inaccessible out of hundreds of millions may not seem like a big deal, but here is why it matters. The Hill explains.
Despite the fact that the American people own these lands and that they are managed by public agencies, there are no permanent, legal means of reaching them.
This perplexing situation resulted from the process of territorial expansion in the United States. Railroad land grants, failed homesteads, and the piecemeal nature of Western land claims produced pockets of public land scattered among private holdings, sometimes leading to instances in which they were effectively locked off from their rightful owners: the American people.
Read the full story on The Hill here.