Public Lands Exchanges: For Whom And For What? 
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Jeffrey Jenkins is an Assistant Professor of Public Lands and Protected Areas in the Department of Management of Complex Systems at University of California, Merced. His current research focuses on recreational visitor use management and climate change land use planning in the Sierra Nevada. Dr. Jenkins is the faculty lead for the California Center for Parks and Protected Areas Leadership and faculty affiliate of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute

                       

Public Lands Exchanges: For Whom And For What? 

Minnesota. Arizona. Wyoming. These are but a few states where public lands exchanges have been carried out recently by hard rock mining developers to acquire subsurface mineral rights and secure sites for waste tailings disposal on public lands like those managed by the US Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management for multiple use livelihoods and recreational amenities. The equation is simple: find a state section or privately-held parcel of equal economic value (though size may vary to reach monetary...

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