Federal Land in New Mexico

Did you know that nealy 42 percent of New Mexico is owned by the federal government? A greater percentage of New Mexico is owned by the feds than even Washington, DC.
While there is certainly a justification for some of this land — military bases for example — it is hard to believe that absent any market forces acting on the federal government, that much of this land could not be put to more productive uses by someone who had an economic incentive to do so.