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Another source of wealth on the public lands is the grass, the basis of life for native wild animals, wild horses, domestic sheep, goats, and cattle. But its unequal distribution among species tells the problem: most of the grass and forage is claimed by stock raisers at below-market prices to feed domestic livestock, leaving about 10 percent for native wildlife and wild horses. Because of a long history of overgrazing, grass and forage are depleted and soils are eroding. Domestic animals’ grazing on public lands in the West is the single most important factor in American desertification.
As Americans, we can stand on our own land at the rim of the Grand Canyon and look into a winter storm, or walk among the geysers of Yellowstone and share the land with grazing elk and bison. On a spring night, with the moon lighting Yosemite Valley, we can listen to the power of a Sierra winter melting. The allure of the open lands the public owns is a haunting dream, from Assateague Island to the western prow of Point Reyes. Their magic and primal freedom are found along the Yukon River, embodied in a wolf track.
They are the physical and psychological benefits earned by virtue of American citizenship. 7 8 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY The wealth of our lands takes many economic forms, too, however. The people own 740 million acres of land, nearly onethird of the entire nation. The lands also include more than a billion acres of outer-continental shelf, which contains most oil and gas reserves—more than 36 billion barrels of oil and 178 trillion cubic feet of gas. 3 trillion and are appreciating each year. The nationally-owned coal, oil shale, and other energy resources are worth trillions more.