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 The public land selected for the swap sits just west of the future Toquerville Parkway, a 4.5-mile four-lane highway now under construction. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 May 2022 The Evanston City Council voted late last month on the change, citing a desire to make the public land accessible to all, regardless of income. Karie Angell Luc,, 1 June 2021 But as public lands struggle to meet demand, private landowners are seizing on the opportunity, especially in places like Texas and the Northeast, where public land is harder to find. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, 25 May 2021 Paired with the 1934 Taylor Grazing Act, which created grazing districts, public land became even more restricted for commercial use. Britta Lokting, Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2020 Pump guns are also damn durable, and public land is often harder on guns than private duck clubs. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 5 Nov. 2020 As president of the United States, Roosevelt established 150 national forests and five national parks -- and protected over 230 million acres of public land. John Palfrey, CNN, 22 Apr. 2022 Haaland, a member of Pueblo of Laguna, last year announced the government's intention to withdraw about 350,000 acres of public land from further mineral leasing for 20 years to protect Chaco Canyon. Arlyssa D.becenti, The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2022 Last week the City Council voted to place a measure on the November ballot requiring the city build to more shelter beds and ban encampments on public land. Kathleen Ronayne, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

20 May 2022

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“Public land.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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Legal Definition of public land

: land owned by a government


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