State Public Lands

Each state has also established a system of state parks and lands. Public lands administered through individual states are a little different than our National Public Lands. While state lands are oftentimes still publicly available and assessable, these regions are not owned collectively by all U.S. citizens. Instead, these lands are held under the authority of each individual state government, which results in a varied assortment of different rules governing state lands.

Public Lands held under the authority of individual states remain important and valuable regions to be treasured by our people. However, State Public Land management occurs at the state level, meaning out of state residents have no voice in the management of these lands. Many states do an excellent job at managing Public Lands, and protect their lands for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. Nevertheless, state lands are not owned collectively by all U.S. Citizens, in the same way that our National Public Lands are.