PUBLIC LANDS

OUR INDUSTRY, OUR ISSUE, OUR FIGHT

This is our Land

You can’t defend what you don’t understand, and this issue is complicated. This in-depth year-long series will unravel the complex network of people, places, events, interests and funding mechanisms that make outdoor recreation possible for all Americans.

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  • What Are They

    What’s the difference between state and federal land? Where are all the public lands? Who can use them and for what?

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    What Are They
  • Allowed Activities

    Not all public land is the same or allows the same activites. And it can get confusing what is allowed where depending on who manages it.

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    Activities
  • Bureau of Land Management

    Totaling nearly one-tenth of the landmass of the nation, BLM lands comprise a large chunk of the public domain. The agency’s multiple-use mission includes everything from recreation, wildlife conservation and preservation of natural and cultural resources to livestock grazing, logging and energy and mineral development.

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  • National Park Service

    With 417 park units across the nation and 58 national parks the national parks service preserves our natural, historical and cultural resources, typically forbidding consumptive uses such as mining and hunting.

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    Chemicals Management
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service

    The FWS manages the 150-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System of more than 560 national wildlife refuges and thousands of small wetlands and special management areas set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife and plants.

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    Circular Economy
  • U.S. Forest Service

    The USFS administers the nation’s 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands, encompassingabout 193 million acres and accounting for about 25 percent of federally managed public lands.

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    Preferred Materials
  • What Are They
  • Allowed Activities
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • National Park Service
  • United States Fish & Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service

A Who’s Who

of Public Land Policymakers, Movers, Shakers and Breakers

These are the men and women who, throughout American history, have made headlines for their work to uphold or undo public land conservation.

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