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U.S. Government Voracious Barterer!

The Bureau of Land Management, an agency of the Interior Department, is the largest federal landowner, controlling about 270 million acres.

It isn’t widely known, but just about every week on average, some agency of the federal government trades public land for privately owned property that the government deems environmentally sensitive.

With little fanfare, the Bureau of Land Management barters tens-of-millions of dollars worth of land with real estate developers each year.

The Thunderbird Lodge is such an example. That deal pleased the League to Save Lake Tahoe, a conservation group, as they report a tremendous shortage of shoreline land open to the public.