Sheriff DeMeo from Nye County talked about who owns the land in a video regarding a similar previous incident: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaEKB8pU2Tw&t=5m40s He basically says that public lands are not owned by the federal government but are owned by the people. The fed gov simply manages the land. He also stated that Nevada owns its public lands under the 10th amendment. If all that is correct, maybe Nevada's state gov can step in.
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