public land


Definition of public land

: land owned by a government specifically : that part of the U.S. public domain subject to sale or disposal under the homestead laws

Examples of public land in a Sentence

the management of public lands The government will auction off 20 parcels of public land.
Recent Examples on the Web It was located in an area that came to be known as Freemanville after 500 former slaves settled near the Halifax River on public land secured with the help of the U.S. Freedman Bureau in 1866. Cassie Armstrong,, "Explore Central Florida’s Black history," 19 Feb. 2021 The cattle outside Bunkerville, Nevada, continue to graze on public land despite more than $1 million in unpaid fees. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Ammon Bundy, veteran of armed standoffs, builds militia network on COVID-19 backlash," 14 Feb. 2021 That number compares to 65% of voters in New Mexico, and 47% of voters in Wyoming, a state with significant oil and gas development that takes place on public land. Derek Draplin, Washington Examiner, "Western voters increasingly concerned about wildfires: Poll," 5 Feb. 2021 The catch is that the hunter must stay on my own property; no matter how big the buck—or doe—on the public land just on the other side of my fence. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "Can You Keep COVID-Vulnerable Hunters Safe and Have a Real Deer Camp?," 26 Dec. 2020 At the same time, Uzuegbunam picked up support from explicitly nonreligious organizations such as the American Humanist Association, which in 2019 clashed with the ADF over a giant cross erected on public land. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "College campus free speech case unites religious and atheist groups at Supreme Court," 12 Jan. 2021 Hunters may run up to three bait stations on public land, and bait permits may be picked up at IDFG offices. Jace Bauserman, Field & Stream, "5 Western Muzzleloader Hunts To Put On Your Calendar," 4 Jan. 2021 In turn, encouraging others to get out on public land directly affects their appreciation for our outdoor spaces and their conservation. Durrell Smith, Outdoor Life, "It’s Time to Redefine What it Means to ‘Do Our Part’ as Hunters," 29 Dec. 2020 The still-anonymous creator of the Utah monument did not secure permission to plant the hollow, stainless steel object on public land. NBC News, "Gingerbread monolith delights San Francisco on Christmas Day," 27 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of public land

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of public land was in 1789

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25 Feb 2021

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“Public land.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of public land

US : land that is owned and taken care of by the government

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Legal Definition of public land

: land owned by a government

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