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Fordham Environmental Law Journal

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Fordham Envtl. L.J.


This essay, written well before the efforts of recent years to de-federalize public lands, evaluates proposals in the 1990s to transfer BLM lands to the states. The essay criticizes those efforts, suggesting that they would undermine prospects for additions to conservation areas like wilderness, would lead to a loss of public access and science-based management, produce increased fragmented jurisdiction, increase environmental costs, and reduce public participation.

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