Public Lands

How communities and counties benefit from nearby federal lands as the region’s economy evolves is a critical issue for local leaders, officials, and businesses seeking to remain economically competitive.

State Trust Lands
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State Trust Lands: The Trust Model

— States were granted trust lands by the U.S. Congress to generate revenue to fund public institutions, primarily public schools.

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State Trust Lands
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State Trust Lands: Permanent Funds

— Overspending of state trust permanent funds reduces future school funding and incentivizes sales of trust land and nonrenewable resources.

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State Trust Lands
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State Trust Lands: New Demands

— Changing economies, new land uses, shifting social values, and political pressure create challenges for state trust land managers.

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State Trust Lands
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State Trust Lands: Implications for Federal Land Transfer

— Advocates of transferring federal land to states point to the superior ability of state trust lands to generate revenue, but our analysis finds significant economic and fiscal disadvantages.

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