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The United States encompasses a total of 2.27 billion acres of surface lands…
Together, the American People collectively own 640 million acres of those lands.


Source: Congressional Research Service
Federal Land Ownership: Overview and Data

NATIONAL PUBLIC LAND MANAGING AGENCIES

The American People have entrusted the task of administering our publicly owned lands with four major federal land management agencies

Together these four agencies oversee roughly 610 million, of the 640 million acres of our publicly owned lands in the United States.

 

 

#1

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

(BLM)

United States Department of the Interior

Map of Public Lands Managed by the Bureau of Land Management
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT FOUNDED
1946

MISSION
To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

PUBLIC LANDS MANAGED
National Conservation Lands & Other BLM Lands
→ 248 million acres

% OF NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS
38.8%

# OF EMPLOYEES
9,000

BLM.GOV

#2

FOREST SERVICE

(FS)

United States Department of Agriculture

Map of Public Lands Managed by the Forest Service
FOREST SERVICE FOUNDED
1905

MISSION
To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

PUBLIC LANDS MANAGED
 National Forests and National Grasslands
→ 192.9 million acres
% OF NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS
30.1%

# OF EMPLOYEES
36,430

FS.USDA.GOV

#3

FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

(FWS)

United States Department of the Interior

Map of Public Lands Managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE FOUNDED
1940

MISSION
To work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

PUBLIC LANDS MANAGED
National Wildlife Refuge System  
→ 89.1 million acres
% OF NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS
13.9%

# OF EMPLOYEES
8,270

FWS.GOV

#4

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

(NPS)

United States Department of the Interior

Map of Public Lands Managed by the National Park Service
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FOUNDED
1916

MISSION
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.

PUBLIC LANDS MANAGED
National Parks, National Monuments, National Historical Parks, National Recreation Areas, and more…
→ 79.4 million acres
% OF NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS
12.4%

# OF EMPLOYEES
18,265

NPS.GOV
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