REAL ESTATE: Bomb, Bomb On the Range

Bomb, Bomb On the Range

Cattle ranchers and environmentalists are usually as much at odds as the Hatfields and the McCoys. Yet in America's West, everyone from cowboys to tree huggers is suddenly joining forces against a common foe: the Pentagon. The Defense Department is seeking to add 4.6 million acres of wilderness to the 25 million acres of public land reserved for such military uses as war games and bombing ranges. Claiming a need for more space to create realistic battle simulations, the military covets parcels in eight states, including California, Nevada and Montana.

Angry conservationists are predicting that tanks, planes and infantrymen will wreak...

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