This link takes you to a report prepared by The Property and Environment Research Center, titled Divided Lands: State and Federal Management in the West, by Holly Fretwell and Shawn Regan. This is a non-profit dedicated to improving environmental quality through property rights and markets. Since this post from the Wilderness Society indicates that the federal government is selling the land, it must not be protected as would the “wilderness lands, or those designated under the Antiquities Act of 1906, etc. So it must then be “multi-use land” that could have many variables as to the impact on the environment. With budgets that are going to get tighter, and the federal governments inability to properly manage these tracts of land, sale may the only alternative. All these considerations can best be described in this recent study on the whole issue, and complexity of public land management.