Notes 8 - Feb 15 Historical Roots of Major Perspectives on...

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Feb 15 Historical Roots of Major Perspectives on private Uses of Public Lands History of government policies to stimulate economic development of the west-stimulate private uses of public and -Resource users : sometimes multigenerational roots to particular places and public lands…Roots that may extend to times prior to government regulation…Through this history they have acquired rights to public lands. Regulation by Federal government is an overly dominant feature in their lives -Environmentalists : many private uses of public lands are environmentally damaging and should not be allowed and certainly not subsidized by government Private Users of Public Lands as Subsidy Case #1 : Mining on Public Lands and General Mining Law of 1872 -Hardrock Mining Law: Anyone can stake a claim on a piece of ground in a national forest, and if minerals were found in that area, we can patent that claim for $5 an acre -Still governs the mining of hard minerals ores such as copper, gold lead, uranium, molybdenum, and silver -Opens most public lands (except for National Parks/Monuments and Wilderness Areas) for mining -If minerals are found, law gives claimholder the right to patent the claim by buying title to public lands for $5 or less per acre -Royalty-fee extraction and no set-aside funds for clean-up
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course ENVIR 120 taught by Professor Bert during the Fall '11 term at Wisconsin.

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Notes 8 - Feb 15 Historical Roots of Major Perspectives on...

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