I covered public land use for Southwest newspapers for about 12 years. "Government land" really gets my goat. If I remember correctly, just 15 percent of Nevada is privately owned.
Re story: "Surrounded on three sides." I made that mistake in my first week, and got laughed at by the whole newsroom.
Many people in the big cities do not believe it when we say that public lands are being closed.
When were young, we could hike 30 miles per day. As we get older and slower, we can do 3 miles per day.
Disabled folks may not be able to walk at all. How do they get access to public lands ?
By closing the roads, dirt roads, jeep roads, hiking trails, horse back trails, mountain bike trails, and the "ways"...the DUmmies deny us access.
If I remember correctly, just 15 percent of Nevada is privately owned.
I believe the number was closer to 10%.
1% of Alaska is privately owned. Maybe that estimate is a little high.