Between 1850 and 1870, millions of acres of forest were ceded to railroad companies in alternate square mile sections to promote the development of the west. This checkerboard ownership hampers effective and efficient management of natural resources. Tapash partners engage in cooperative dialogue to promote land consolidation because we recognize that forestland is managed better when it is owned in contiguous tracts.
Through a combination of strategic land exchanges, purchases, and transfers, Tapash partners have accomplished the consolidation of over 246,179 acres of land since the formation of the Collaborative in 2007! This impressive achievement, as displayed on the map, have transformed the landscape and moves us forward to our goal of improved public access, cost-effective timber sales, quicker emergency response, and effective resource management across multiple ownerships.
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