ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Glance at a map showing the percentage of state land owned by the federal government and you’ll see a remarkable difference between the East and the West.
East of the Rocky Mountains, the feds own no more than 13 percent of the land in any state. West of the Rockies, in the continental U.S., the federal government owns at least 29.9 percent of the land in each state. In eight states — California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming — the feds own more than 40 percent of the land.
When Alaska (69.3 percent) is included, that number grows to nine.