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.

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The measure is similar to a ballot measure Mayor London Breed proposed earlier this year to allow affordable and teacher housing on public land, but with crucial differences. Roland Li,, "SF supervisors propose ballot measure for affordable and teacher housing," 19 June 2019 This bill addresses this reality, abides by the concerns of the community, and helps ensure the State is not allowing or profiting off gun sales on public land. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gloria bill that would end gun shows at Del Mar Fairgrounds advances past Senate committee," 11 June 2019 Yet in December, more than 150,000 acres of public lands were offered for fracking, which impacts water supplies amidst ongoing severe drought in the Southwest. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "Activists Protest Bureau of Land Management Leasing That Allow Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands," 15 Apr. 2019 What our writers and editors have noticed is that since Donald Trump took office and appointed Zinke to lead the DOI, the country’s public lands have increasingly come under attack. The Editors, Outside Online, "Yeah, ‘Outside’ Covers Politics," 7 July 2018 And while public lands are open for shooting year-round, not all equipment is acceptable during fire season. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Idaho agencies bracing for 'interesting,' 'above-average' wildfire season," 28 June 2018 Most other public lands are open but are under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Fourth of July in Arizona: Where you can go and where you can't," 27 June 2018 The environmental impacts of these sales are not to be underestimated — one-quarter of all carbon emissions in the United States come from fossil fuels drilled on public lands. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "Activists Protest Bureau of Land Management Leasing That Allow Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands," 15 Apr. 2019 Since 2017, Udall has helped organize resistance in Congress to attempts by the Trump administration to roll back development restrictions on public lands, while defending the regulation of heat-trapping gasses linked to climate change. Morgan Lee, The Seattle Times, "New Mexico senator, conservationist won’t run again in 2020," 25 Mar. 2019

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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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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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