There are nearly 16M 'landlocked' public acres in the West – how many are in southern Utah?

A closed gate is shown in this undated photo. There are nearly 16 million acres of "landlocked" federal and state lands across 13 Western states, according to OnX’s webpage.

A closed gate is shown in this undated photo. There are nearly 16 million acres of "landlocked" federal and state lands across 13 Western states, according to OnX’s webpage. ( Zoonar GmbH, Alamy)



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ST. GEORGE — There are nearly 16 million acres of "landlocked" federal and state lands across 13 Western states but how much public land is inaccessible to Southern Utahns?

Parcels become landlocked when federal or state lands are inaccessible to the public because they are surrounded by private land with no roads or trails allowing people to reach them, according to OnX's webpage.

OnX, which offers map applications for outdoor enthusiasts, partnered with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership "to determine the scope of the landlocked problem and propose solutions for unlocking public lands," according to the partnership's website.

They found that 15.87 million acres are landlocked in the Western United States, including 6.35 million acres of state land and 9.52 acres of federal land stewarded by the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Forest Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and others.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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