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Feds Sue California over Sales of Public Lands

They cited concerns that the Trump administration would allow more logging, oil drilling, mining or development on some of the 46 million acres controlled by the federal government in California.

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BLM Raises Location and Claim Fees


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Forest Service v. Michael & Linda Backlund


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