June 01, 2016

Vantage Point

Jonathan P. Scoll, Issue Editor

Disputes over public lands are as old as the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and as recent as the militant takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year. “Water wars,” particularly—but not exclusively—in the arid West, are frontier lore. But beyond such traditional battlegrounds are emerging controversies over the very nature and boundaries of public interests in resources, including those not susceptible of “ownership” at all.

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