|Source: BigThink: See Link Below|
In recent years, the target of these land grabs have been more about blocking human activities such as drilling for oil and mining, than preserving lands as national treasures. The bottom line is that the Federal government is controlling massive tracts of land and is collecting all kinds of fees that should rightly belong to the states. Also, it is believed that $2 billion annually is lost to mismanagement of these lands by the BLM and other federal agencies.
By comparison, the East, the South, and the Midwest have been unfairly left alone in the efforts to nationalize lands as noted by the red areas on this map:
Lastly, President Obama's latest edict to place a moratorium on new leases for coal mining on Federal land primarily hurts 5 western states: Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Again, because of the decades long Federal land grab, it is the states in the West that will see potential losses of jobs, and certainly, losses in revenues.
I’m an Oregon rancher. Here’s what you don’t understand about the Bundy standoff: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/01/08/im-an-oregon-rancher-heres-what-you-dont-understand-about-the-bundy-standoff/
Imbalance of Federal Land Ownership Sheds Light on Oregon Militia: http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/291-federal-lands-in-the-us
Western States Fighting for Control of Federal Lands: http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2015/10/06/western-states-fighting-control-federal-lands
Antiquities Act of 1906: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antiquities_Act
Mining moratorium a blow to Wyoming's coal industry: The vast majority of that mining on government land takes place in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/01/16/mining-moratorium-blow-to-wyomings-coal-industry.html?intcmp=hplnws