This Land Is Your Land—but How Much Do You Know About It?

This Land Is Your Land—but How Much Do You Know About It?

Americans own roughly 640 million acres of federal public land—nearly 1 million square miles. As the summer gets underway and people get out to enjoy these natural treasures, see how much you know about these lands we all share.

Rio Grande del Norte
Rio Grande del Norte
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National Monuments Protect America’s Heritage—and Economy

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In early June, as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was reviewing 27 national monuments for possible shrinkage or elimination, I had the chance to visit one of them—the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, which The Pew Charitable Trusts’ lands team had worked for many years to protect. Designated in 2013, this area in northern New Mexico is a remarkable place of volcanic cones, expansive plateaus, and deep river gorges. The monument features a spectacular view of Ute Mountain, which rises nearly 3,000 feet above the surrounding plains.

Public Lands
Public Lands
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Conservation of Public Lands Helps Small Businesses Thrive

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Conservation of Public Lands Helps Small Businesses Thrive

A key element of the growing outdoor recreation economy—which accounts for $887 billion in annual consumer spending and supports 7.6 million jobs, according to the Outdoor Industry Association—are small businesses, especially those that operate in the gateway communities around public lands. Sure, online shopping is convenient, but it’s to a local business that most visitors turn when they need a replacement tent or last-minute supplies before heading out to camp, fish, hunt, or find solace in the outdoors.