How the United States Defines Federal Land

In a rather insightful video regarding the geographical makeup of the United States, vlogger CGP Grey explains in his rather distinct manner, how the land was divided up when the country was first populated, how the United States defines federal land, which agencies are responsible for the different types of federal lands, why states in the western part of the country have more federal land than the eastern states and the difference between federal land and state land.

States like poor Utah and Nevada found themselves without any state in their states. …America has all this land, but what is it for? …What does it mean to say the land is federal or not? This brings up the sensitive and delicate balance of power between the states and America. But ultimately, federal land belongs to America and she can do with it what she wants and the states can have to just suck it. Most starkly in Nevada where federal land was used for nuclear bomb testing..

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.