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Cuba has given private farmers nearly 2.5M acres

Cuba has distributed nearly 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of unused state land to private farmers and others trying their hand at farming, more than half the territory it hopes to give out in an effort to revitalize an agriculture sector hampered by decades of government mismanagement. Full story

Oil and gas leases offered on 57K acres in Montana

Oil and gas leases on 57,200 acres of state land are up for sale during a September auction by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Full story

Wash. settles with shellfish growers over trespass

The Washington Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday reached settlements with three shellfish companies for growing oysters, clams and geoducks on state-owned tidelands without permission. Full story

Arizona issues travel danger warning

   Arizona officials are telling people not to enter some national park areas because of the risk of encountering drug smugglers and human traffickers. Msnbc's Contessa Brewer talks with Lee Baiza, who is with the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

Violence prompts strong warning at Ariz. monument

An increase in smuggling violence at the Sonoran Desert National Monument about 80 miles south of Phoenix has prompted a stronger warning to visitors about drug and immigrant traffickers passing through the public lands, officials said Tuesday. Full story

Judge: Cattle cannot muddy Ore. steelhead streams

A federal judge has ruled that grazing on public land in the Malheur National Forest has led to degradation of steelhead streams that the U.S. Forest Service failed to protect. Full story

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  Court: Mojave cross can stay

The Supreme Court ruled that a war memorial cross erected by the Veterans of Foreign Wars can stay in the Mojave National Preserve, reversing a federal court decision. NBC's Pete Williams reports.