Archive for Category: "Public lands"

Lay of the land: who owns the West?

Lay of the land: who owns the West?

The preponderance of public land is one of the American West’s defining features and it’s a primary reason why so much of the region has escaped the kind of intensive development that characterizes most areas back East. In this set of slides, I examine the lay of the land in the West and explain how […]

The human footprint in the American West

The human footprint in the American West

Over the past few years, I’ve been creating slides—hundreds and hundreds them. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a major environmental funder, asked us to take stock of the state of the North American West, one of its geographic priorities. Rather than write a report that would quickly be shelved, we decided to answer the […]

Which states have the most federal land?

Which states have the most federal land?

The preponderance of federal land is a defining feature of the American West, but the states in the region vary quite a bit on this dimension. I’ve created two slides showing what portion of each state is under federal control. Nevada tops the list with 85%, while Washington and Montana have the least federal land […]