But why does the state even have to make money from the Elliott State Forest? A quick primer on public-trust lands: As Western and Midwestern states entered the Union, they agreed to various enabling acts, in which the federal government entrusted them parcels to generate revenue for state institutions. Most state land in the West, or what remains of it, sits in one of these trusts, and to generate money from these holdings, states typically lease the tracts for energy, mineral, or timber production and development—or sell them outright. Unlike federal public lands, state trust lands are not managed for multiple use, so states do not have to take public access and recreation into account when making management or sale decisions. Since the Elliott State Forest is held in one of these public trusts, it must turn a profit. The proposed bill, however, would remove the Forest from the trust, so there would be less pressure on the state to sell it off.