THE WESTERNER sez:
Wilmeth's article reminds me of an idea put forward years ago by Walt Greeman and Jimmy Bason - The Equal Access To Federal Lands Act. These gentleman were very concerned about discrimination against Easterners, i.e., they didn't have the same access to federal lands that we "enjoyed" in The West. Discrimination pure and simple. "We didn't think it was fair they had to drive so far to access these lands" Greeman jokingly told me Saturday evening.
To remedy this terrible situation they proposed legislation that would cap federal land ownership at 25 percent of any given state. Federal lands in excess in any state would be sold and the revenue used to purchase lands in those states suffering from a shortage of federal land. This way, over time, all Americans would have equal access to federal land.
One must admire the caring these gentlemen have for their fellow man and their willingness to share.
There is one irony in this however. Several years ago Greeman was so fed up with the federales he moved his ranching operation to a private lands state...a state that under his legislation would now be subject to a 25 percent acquisition by the feds. Maybe Walt will sell his ranch to the feds and move back to New Mexico!
If nothing else, he could go into the burro bodyguards business with Bason.
Wilmeth also mentions Rewilding. Below is a map that used to be on the Wildlands Project's website. It was displayed in a 14 part series written by rancher Judy Keeler which can be read here. Start with The Wildlands Project Comes To Hidalgo County.