Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, administers 261 million acres of America's public lands, located primarily in 12 Western States. The BLM is tasked with sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Many BLM areas are wild, remote, and primitive. Visitors who explore away from the main roads should take special precautions, such as leaving your travel plans with someone who will initiate a search if you fail to return when scheduled.
- Watch the weather an take appropriate measures to protect yourself. Dry summer heat, thunder storms, lightning, dust storms, and winter snows are especially dangerous in the backcountry.
- Watch for poisonous reptiles.
- Take clothing that is appropriate for the weather and planned activities.
- Sunscreen is highly advised. The sun is intense in any season, in all environments, at any elevation.
- During warm weather, drink plenty of water.
- Caution should be exercised near cliffs.
American Antiquities Act of 1906
Any person who appropriates, excavates, injures, or destroys any historic or prehistoric ruin or monument, or any object of antiquity, situated on lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States shall be fined or imprisoned.
Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979
An Act to protect archaeological resources on public lands and Indian lands, and for other purposes.
National Monuments (BLM)
Includes 19 national monuments in nine western states.
National Scenic and Historic Trails (BLM)
One of several agencies responsible for management of National Historic or Scenic Trails.
Recreation and Visitor Services (BLM)
On more than 264 million acres of public lands, people enjoy countless types of outdoor adventure.
Wild and Scenic Rivers (BLM)
Protects more than 200 rivers in 35 states and Puerto Rico.
Wilderness Areas (BLM)
221 Wilderness Areas with 8.7 million acres in 10 Western States (3 percent of BLM's total acreage in the coterminous United States). Wilderness areas are special places where the earth and its community of life are essentially undisturbed. They retain a primeval character, without permanent improvements and generally appear to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature.
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