Access to Majority of Bureau of Land Management Public Lands to Remain Open
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the lapse of appropriations and the subsequent shutdown of the federal government, the majority of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands across the country will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures.
BLM roads, trails, campgrounds, boat ramps and recreation sites will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.
All BLM facilities on public lands, however, will be closed. Also note that because of the federal government shutdown, the BLM websites and social media are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions.
For updates on the shutdown, visit www.doi.gov/shutdown.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 – more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.