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LANDTHINK Pulse: Owning Land Adjoining a National Forest, Park, or Refuge Considered Advantageous

LANDTHINK Pulse: Owning Land Adjoining a National Forest, Park, or Refuge Considered Advantageous

According to October’s LANDTHINK Pulse results, an overwhelming 84.5% of respondents believe that owning land adjoining a national forest, park or wildlife refuge is a definite advantage. Owning property adjacent to state or federal land certainly has pros and cons. Advantages would include assurance that the land next door would not be sold to developers, and your view would remain the same as the day you purchased the property. If you’re a hunter, it could mean access to an abundant, managed wildlife population. For these reasons, the value of your property would likely increase, as buyers view these factors as intrinsic value. Some of the disadvantages might include future risk of condemnation, or eminent domain. Additionally, if a property dispute should ever arise, a landowner would be up against a bevy of real estate lawyers and cash. Depending on its use, state or federal land might experience high traffic, by both the park guests and employees.

Last month, the October Pulse asked: In your opinion, is owning land that adjoins a national forest, park or wildlife refuge an advantage or disadvantage? Our informal online survey revealed that 84.5% of our audience believed it was an Advantage, while just 15.6% said they thought owning land that adjoins a national forest, park or wildlife refuge was a Disadvantage.

It was the general consensus of the LANDTHINK audience that owning land adjoining a national forest, park or wildlife refuge is beneficial. The pros outweigh the cons; essentially it would be like owning hundreds of acres in addition to your own land, offering solitude, plenty of wildlife, and unobstructed views.

Here are the final results:

LANDTHINK Pulse: Owning Land Adjoining a National Forest, Park, or Refuge Considered Advantageous

  • 84.5% said it would be an Advantage to own land that adjoined a national forest, park or wildlife refuge
  • 15.6% said it would be a Disadvantage to own land that adjoined a national forest, park or wildlife refuge

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  • Your view would never change? The management prescription for much of federally owned land is management by fire. If there isn’t a timber management prescription you can assume that the Plan is to allow fires to burn in Inventoried Roadless Areas, National Parks, National Monuments, etc. Your view will change. Also, they won’t be able to stop the fires at your property line and insect infestations will spread from the burned areas into adjacent areas very quickly. With more and more roads and trails being removed from the system, you will have more people trying to play on the remaining routes. Insurance rates are higher if you can get insurance. A lot of people who don’t own land adjacent to federal lands don’t understand all the problems those of us who do face. It gets worse every year.

  • Depending on the socioeconomics surrounding the public land one could have concern that in times of prolonged significant economic challenge that public lands might/will experience an increase in squatting activity on public lands. In this unlikely but possible scenario, things could be exacerbated should the squatters be given some type of semi-permanent or permanent personal claim to such land.

    Example: happy homeowner with 50 acres adjacent to a national land in the state of Washington finds squatters on federal land adjacent to the homeowner property. Law is called, effectively does nothing. Then ex-happy homeowner has to decide if stay and fight the hoards in the tent city adjacent to his property, or leave, likely at a loss in sale because of the circumstances.

    The above issue is playing out in urban areas right now. It is only logical that rural is next.

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