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Land usage

Background info

Of the 2.27 billion acres of land in the U.S., 640 million, or 28% is managed by the federal government.

Bureau of Land Management: 248 million acres or 10.5 percent of all land in the country
U.S. Forest Service: 193 million acres or 8.5 percent of the country
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: 89 million acres or 3.9 percent of the country
National Park Service: 84 million acres or 3.7 percent of the country


41 million acres of federal land, both onshore and offshore, are under lease to oil and gas developers. Another 460,000 acres are under lease for coal production.

Emissions from fossil fuels extracted on federal land account for nearly 25 percent of the nation’s carbon footprint.


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