What in the hell difference does it make to you, much of that land a lizard would not live on and the rest is public parks and national forest. Another nut wanting something for nothing.
A lot of the land is valuable and we spend billions a year “upkeeping” it via BLM, USFS, etc. Since we own the land it is either entirely off limits to mining, oil companies, developers, or homesteaders or access is severely restricted. Wilderness areas is a favorite and expanding option as are administrative diktat and national monument. There are very valuable mineral lands in Nevada that are off limits because of their proximity to wilderness areas, death valley, etc. The areas that are option are a huge hassle to mine or pump despite a private entity owning the mineral rights.
The country would also be better off if all forest lands were sold and responsible forest management was implemented. We have huge, record forest fires in the southwest due to the forest service acting in the interests of environazis and not thinning the forest where the forest companies used to in order to prevent such fires. In the few instances where thinning is allowed on a small, “trial” basis on the NM/AZ border the forest service pays the company to thin rather than make it a part of larger bid that would bring the forest service money. It’s sick that fire prevention efforts have been co-opted by the environazis.
Wow. What's your problem? You must not be aware how the government seizes land so mining and oil operations are forbidden. Ever hear of ANWR? Selling land to Americans and American corporations would spur economic activity and raise money to pay off federal debt. Or had you also not heard about the Federal debt?
I agree that much of it is unusable to most people but I don’t think it is constitutional and I wonder why no one has ever taken it through the court system.
How is it something for nothing? Excluding actual national parks, although the land isn’t worth that much, I can’t see any reason for the government to own it. Why NOT sell it?