School trust lands were intended to make money for the state, but exactly how they should do that is up for debate.
The way Dan Harrison sees it, the “Keep It Public” movement gets it doubly wrong when it comes to state school sections.
First, school trust lands aren’t public, he says, in the same way that federal Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management lands are. Second, the rising interest in public accessibility to these lands is relatively new, and contrary to the origin and purpose of this class of property, which cover some 43 million acres across the Western states.
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