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The Lands of Time: Understanding Land Grants in New Mexico

This article is from Issue Animals and Ecosystems of the Southwestern United States Investi-gator (Rocky Mountain Research Station) - Vol. 3 No. 1.

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National forests and national grasslands are managed for all United States citizens. Parts of these forests and grasslands, however, may be leased to individuals and companies. Some individuals and companies lease public land to graze sheep and cattle. The scientists in this study wanted to understand the Forest Service’s position about the land grants. They were also interested in understanding the Hispanic descendants who want to regain their ancestors’ land grants.

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"Science Topics" covered in this article:
  • Earth Science

"Environmental Topics" covered in this article:
  • Wildlife and Endangered Species (Educators)

Regions covered in this article:
  • Southwestern

Specific "Thinking About Science" Themes:
  • The Scientific Process

Specific "Thinking About the Environment" Themes:
  • Habitat

Forest Service Stations covered in this article:
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station

NSE Standards covered in this article:
  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry (A)
  • Nature of science (G)
  • Populations and ecosystems (C)
  • Regulation and behavior (C)
  • Risks and benefits (F)
  • Science as a human endeavor (G)
  • Structure and function in living systems (C)
  • Structure of the earth system (D)
  • Understandings about science and technology (E)
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry (A)