Between the state and feds there is an ever increasing mountain of regulation. Water makes that mountain even taller and Michigan ranks first in water area. (including the great lakes within Michigan boundaries) We rank second after Alaska in total surface water in inland lakes, swamps, streams etc excluding the great lakes.
That 2000 acres isn't the only land the state is buying with the $68 million in state and federal funds. They're buying another 50 aces here, another 100 there, 25 somewhere else. They even ended up with another quarter acre at the end of my street for non payment of taxes and are letting the Raisin Valley land trust control it.
This map isn't detailed enough to be accurate but it gives an idea of what the state and feds already control. It doesn't show the growing spiderweb of old railroad beds they're buying for greenways and ails to trails crap.
The government has plenty of land already. In fact the taxpayers are going to pay far more than the 2000 aces near me are worth. Its a great deal for the owner but the state will seek to raise revenue elsewhere.
posted on 08/11/2012 7:35:07 AM PDT
(What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
I just don’t understand why all these large landholders are selling their land to the State. But I guess they just tax them and regulate them until they can’t hold on to it any longer?
posted on 08/11/2012 7:49:03 AM PDT
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