Look at that map of western North Carolina. Most of that chunk of the state -- basically, everything in that map but Asheville and a swath running east from Asheville -- is in the 11th Congressional District.The pea-green area is all national forest. The gray-green area is a national park. The federal government owns most of the 11th District.
That helps explain why Mark Meadows voted for the farm bill last week.* You see, congressional leaders stuck in the farm bill a provision renewing funding for "payments in lieu of taxes." Federal PILT is, basically, partial compensation for the property taxes states and localities lose because Uncle Sam doesn't pay property taxes.