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Are You An Inholder?

Inholders are those with private property that is surrounded by federal [not 'public'] lands.

Language found in numerous Department of Interior (DOI) agency documents, as well as the USDA Forest Service, show the intent to remove all inholders -- 'islands' in a sea of federal land that grows unchecked.

There are many victims of the benevolent-turned-malevolent government agencies that promised to continue to allow access -- and then denied that same access to the private inholdings.

Today, inholders within the confines of National Parks in Alaska and other states, National Forests, National Monuments, and National Wildlife Refuges, find themselves at odds with the 'Service' that 'manages' those federal lands. Intimidation is common; citations, 'permits' and litigation are commonplace. Misinformation and deliberately false information about inholders is done on a regular basis. This includes information provided to the media if the inholder dares to resist the unwelcome advances on his/her property -- and property rights -- by the agency.

For those with private property that borders -- or is near -- a National Park, Federal Wildlife Refuge, National Monument, etc., consider yourselves warned. When you become an inholder, the 'warm and fuzzy' agencies and their personnel will not be the good neighbors that their tourist brochures paint them to be.

Definition of inholding, according to Merriam-Webster


Main Entry: in-hold-ing

Pronunciation: 'in-"hol-di[ng]

Function: noun

Date: 1947

: privately owned land inside the boundary of a national park.


Alienated Land Land of one ownership [that is] enclosed within [the] boundaries of another ownership. Often refers to land in private ownership within the boundaries of public land. National Grassland Plan (USDA Forest Service) s/appendix_g.pdf