10/16/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Interior Department Documents Reveal Plans To Protect Enormous Amounts Of Land In The West

Broad swaths of western land, equivalent to the size of Colorado and Wyoming combined, should be considered "treasured lands" and managed without regard to state lines or other jurisdictional boundaries, according to an internal Bureau of Land Management document.

Parts of the document were made public via a leak earlier this year, when several parcels of land, including many in Colorado, were listed as potential national monuments under a law more than a century old.

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