From that "other" thread...I really wanted to put up an answer to this, not that I expect Arthur to change his mind or anything... Adoucette: While that may sound like a lot... we have over 2.4 trillion acres total: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_acres_in_the_continental_US So if I did my math right (don't count on it; I'm dyscalculeic) that's a mere 2.76 percent of the continental US (lower 48) that's actual wilderness. When you hear National Forest Service...I want you to think tree farm. Rows and rows of genetically matched speed-growing loblollies, mechanically planted...I live near one and have been hiking in it. It's managed for clearcut, machine-based timber production. Not for biodiversity or anything else. It's a fricken' timber farm, nothing less. Regarding that... http://plainshumanities.unl.edu/encyclopedia/doc/egp.sr.039 To put this amount of land in perspective (Wilderness, NWRA, Natl Forests & Grasslands), these areas are well over three times the size of California. But all broken up into tiny pieces convenient to people...and as above, not the "wild areas" they seem to be on paper...a lot of federal land is leased to ranchers at a fraction of its' value or used for tree farming further east. People complain about deer taking over...but we can't possibly reintroduce natural predation, think about those poor welfare ranchers: http://www.emagazine.com/archive/1855 My national parks being leased for ranching...is bullcrap.