How The West Was Auctioned
"But now, after years of fighting ranchers over stewardship of public lands in the courts, local public hearings, and statehouses, environmentalists are turning to their wallets at auctions. Their approach may be summed up as: 'If you can't beat 'em, outbid 'em.'In Arizona, the Forest Guardians went to court to win bidding rights on state- trust lands."
Thanks to Chris Steins