County Government and the Public Lands: A Review of the County Supremacy Movement in Four Western States

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This chapter examines the role of county governments in conflicts over the public lands and environmental policy in the western United States. The importance of county government in examining these issues is crucial, as counties are at the forefront of a growing local versus federal conflict known as the County Supremacy Movement. This movement and its employment of "wise-use" or county supremacy ordinances marks a recent development in natural resource and environmental policy in the West. This study compares urban counties, rural counties, and those counties that have passed county supremacy ordinances, using aggregate data gathered from surveys and interviews.

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