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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They're turned into mulch, which is then often used to spruce up public land (think parks and community gardens) or given to people who need it, according to The New York Times. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Recycling Your Christmas Tree," 20 Dec. 2018 This mountain of geographic data led the people at onX to a question: Just how accessible are our nation’s public lands? James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Inaccessibility of Our Public Lands," 25 Nov. 2018 Now a public land preserve, the site is a picturesque former estate with formal gardens and park land in which to hike., "Outdoor sculpture, concerts, and pirates," 13 July 2018 According to the study, thousands of square miles of our public lands are inaccessible. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Inaccessibility of Our Public Lands," 25 Nov. 2018 Many organisms in danger of dying out forever live on public lands and environmental activists have long used the Endangered Species Act to block mining and development in vulnerable habitats. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior Secretary at the end of the year," 15 Dec. 2018 Halliburton’s operations are directly affected by many of Interior’s policies, including rules on how oil and gas drilling must be conducted, and which public lands and federal waters are open to energy exploration and development. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "Zinke’s own agency watchdog just referred him to the Justice Department," 30 Oct. 2018 Fire management and public lands officials from across Idaho on Thursday warned of the likelihood for above-average wildfire activity this season. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Idaho agencies bracing for 'interesting,' 'above-average' wildfire season," 28 June 2018 Democrat Jared Polis, a five-term liberal congressman, and Cary Kennedy, a former state treasurer, offer stands on schools, energy and public lands to the left of the centrist Hickenlooper. James Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Democratic candidates in close race for governor nomination," 26 June 2018

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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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