Maybe if WY wins we could put that hideous picture on the website to help people see what they will be getting themselves into.
Western advocates could find photos of New Hampshire winter scenes that would freeze people's infatuation with NH. (I've been in New England and on its coast and lived in the Northeast, I know).
But instead of New Hampshire bashing,
Consider this... (nearly all of which is private land)
View south into the Belle Fourche valley.
or this... (nearly all of which is private land)
The Belle Fourche River a few kilometers northeast of the tower.
Here is a map of land ownership in the above area around the Belle Fourche River valley and Devils Tower.
Beige is private. Turquoise is "state trust". Yellow is BLM.http://www.wygisc.uwyo.edu/24k/own/quad56.html
The map legend is at:http://www.wygisc.uwyo.edu/24k/own/legend.gif
Click on the link below for a map for all of Wyoming.http://www.wygisc.uwyo.edu/24k/landown.htmlNote that nearly all of eastern Wyoming is private land.
And only one tenth of Wyoming is more land than all of NH or VT or DE.
After you click on the above link and get the entire state on your screen, note that Goshen, Platte, and Laramie counties in the southeastern corner (the three squares in the bottom right along the Nebraska border) are nearly all private land.
(the tiny red spot in the southeasternmost square is the Air Force Base at Cheyenne).
Obviously the above photos and maps shows that the posts by NH's Wyoming bashers are distorted, misleading hyperbole. They pick the worst part and highlight it. They ignore the best parts which, if you added up "all" of the quality land held by private owners then Wyoming has more quality private land than New Hampshire has. After the National Forest Land and state land in NH is subtracted, NH has 7,360 sq miles. To rebutt Karl's statement above, just one sixth of Wyoming's 42,782 square miles of non-fed and non-state land needs to be "quality land". Just the eastern counties of Platte, Goshen and Crook have 7169 square miles.
Thus the following underline text from Karl is a lie.
They may not own "all" of the quality land, but certainly they own "the vast majority" of it, leaving considerablly less to private owners than is available to private owners in NH.