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WHAT ARE PUBLIC LANDS?


Public lands are regions of land and water in the United States that are owned collectively by all U.S. Citizens.



Public lands are different from private lands, which are areas owned by an individual, a business, or some other type of non-governmental organization. 

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WHY DO WE HAVE PUBLIC LANDS?

A combination of factors throughout the history of our democracy led us to collectively own a diverse segment of the natural landscapes found within the Confines of our Borders, together as a nation of people.

Fundamentally, the reason we've chosen to withhold certain, and specific lands present within our natural environment from private ownership... is because we've decided through the means of our democracy, that certain lands hold some degree of greater value to us as a people, if we maintain them as owned collectively by everyone.

Values we receive from this arrangement include:
The shared use and management of our natural resources in the United States for recreational benefits, ecological benefits, scientific benefits, educational benefits, economic benefits, social benefits, and more.

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THE NATIONAL PUBLIC LAND SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES
The U.S. Contains 2.27 Billion Acres of Land, of which, 640 Million Acres are Owned Collectively by the American People
Federal Land Ownership: Overview and Data
Source: Congressional Research Service

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WHAT CAN I DO ON PUBLIC LANDS?

Allowed on Public Lands and Waters Including Wilderness:

Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Horseback Riding, Rock Climbing, Wildlife Viewing, Photography, Ceremony and Prayer, Kayaking, Canoeing, and Rafting

Allowed on Public Lands Outside of Protected Wilderness:

Mechanized Travel including Motor-Boating, ATV's, And Mountain Biking

"Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted."
-Lyndon B. Johnson
36th President of the United States

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PUBLIC LAND OWNERSHIP?

Ecological Benefits

Cleaner air and water filtration. Healthier wildlife habitats, migration routes, and breeding grounds. Preservation of diverse plant and animal communities. Climate change mitigation.

Economic Benefits

Support and infrastructure for the multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation economy that provided over 7 million direct jobs in 2019.

Social & Cultural Benefits

Recreational opportunities that support mental and physical health and provide limitless possibilities for the American people to engage in numerous outdoor activities. Educational opportunities that come directly from nature, new methods of learning and understanding. Connection to our natural history which is a part of our national heritage. Connections with spirituality and sacred environments.

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WHO MANAGES OUR PUBLIC LANDS?

Four Major Federal Land Managing Agencies Care for 95% of all Federal Public Lands in the United States (606.5 Million Acres)

Bureau of Land Management

244.4 Millions Acres

Forest Service

192.9 Million Acres

Fish and Wildlife Service

89.2 Million Acres

National Park Service

79.9 Million Acres

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WHAT'S THE MISSION OF OUR FEDERAL LAND MANAGERS?

Bureau of Land Management

To Sustain the Health, Diversity, and Productivity, of America's Public Lands for the Use and Enjoyment of Present and Future Generations.

Forest Service

To Sustain the Health, Diversity, and Productivity, of the Nation's Forests and Grasslands to Meet the Needs of Present and Future Generations.

Fish and Wildlife Service

To Work with Others to Conserve, Protect, and Enhance Fish, Wildlife, Plants, and their Habitats for the Continuing Benefit of the American People.

National Park Service

To Preserve Unimpaired the Natural and Cultural Resources and Values of the National Park System for the Enjoyment, Education, and Inspiration of This and Future Generations.

Note: Agencies Established to Work for us, and Benefit the Whole of the American People.

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WHY VOTE FOR PUBLIC LANDS?

Public lands face unprecedented threats


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HOW DO I VOTE FOR PUBLIC LANDS?

Get involved and get educated


Help us elect leaders that are committed to standing up for and protecting our Public Lands. Research the candidates on the ballot in your district, and find out who supports protecting Public Lands. Vote for those candidates. Once elected these leaders will pay us back dividends by ensuring that our shared natural resources, including our public lands, will be managed responsibly and for the benefit of the American people as a whole, and not just the select few us whom have ties to the extraction industries.

→ Does your Representation in Congress Support Public Lands?


“There can be nothing in the world more Beautiful than the Yosemite, the Groves of the Giant Sequoias and Redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children, forever with their majestic beauty unmarred."
- Theodore Roosevelt
President 1901-1909

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