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Been digging into maps again. One thing led to another and I was on the Wiki page for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM, lolz). There was a map there with various areas colored, basically land owned by various government agencies one of which was the BLM. So I thought, what if I knocked out all that land, we could see the actual amount of ownable land in the US. Now this doesn't include things like State or County Parks, but you get the idea.

The interesting bit is the west is mostly not-ownable. I think this was what the yahoo's in Nevada were pissing about with grazing on BLM land. Nevada barely exists in this image.

The other interesting part is there is very little government owned land in the rust belt, and zero in Iowa.

I always kinda felt that population growth in the US wouldn't be a problem since there was lots of land out west for people to move to. And while that's true since there aren't may people who live out there, it's also somewhat untrue because so much of it is simply not ownable by anyone.

Date: 2016-08-24 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] symbioid.livejournal.com
Yeah, but not only that, how much of that land is actually habitable? And it's not like ranchers can't graze. They just pay a rent. There might be some grievances that can be dealt with (and I know you're not saying the way they did it is good), but yeah - they're basically taking that as a wedge issue and using it to attack all sorts of shit on the basis of "BIG BAD FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MAH SOVEREIGNTY"

Just don't turn into Tim, k? LOL...(I know you won't). Also it's early and i don't make sense and am mostly joking, so meh.

Date: 2016-08-24 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] symbioid.livejournal.com
Heh - who knows - with this map for 2100 showing the heat from global warming... Maybe they're saving it for a rainy ultrahotsunny day:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/08/20/sunday-review/climate-change-hot-future.html