Federal Land Grab
Created on September 16, 2009
Four federal agencies control 623 million acres of land in the U.S. — more than 27 percent of all surface land area in the country, and larger than the combined size of ten European nations. These figures don’t include state-owned land which totals an additional 196 million acres.
Italy, 72.68 million acres
Poland, 75.18 million acres
Germany, 86.16 million acres
Spain, 123.3 million acres
France, 158.16 million acres ‡
Netherlands 8.38 million acres
Belgium 7.48 million acres
Switzerland 9.88 million acres
Austria 20.37 million acres
United Kingdom 59.78 million acres
79 million acres
93 million acres
193 million acres
258.2 million acres
Ten European Nations
Four U.S. Agencies
Note: Some figures have been rounded.
* From national forests and grasslands.
** Managed national, cultural, and recreational sites.
*** Wildlife refuge system including small wetlands and other special management areas.
‡ Includes: French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Reunion.
U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, 93 million acres*** (4.2% of U.S.)
National Park Service, 79 million acres** (3.6% of U.S.)
U.S. Forest Service, 193 million acres* (8.5% of U.S.)
Bureau of Land Management, 258.2 million acres (11.2% of total U.S. surface area)
Sources: Federal agency Web sites (www.blm.gov, www.fs.fed.us, www.nps.gov, www.fws.gov); sizes of European nations from www.cia.gov.