As part of its efforts to implement the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act Public Law 119-9, Section 4105 , the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sought public assistance in nominating lands managed by the agency on which the public is allowed to hunt, fish, or use the land for other recreational purposes, but to which there is no legal public access or where access is significantly restricted.
The documents below show the status of efforts to date.
• Draft BLM Priority Access Lists for thirteen western states;
• Draft Map of Public Nominations for BLM Priority Access Areas; and
• Project Summary Document.
1. The BLM will review and validate against the Dingell Act criteria the 2,000 priority access nominations received from more than 800 individuals, agencies, universities, recreation groups, conservation organizations, businesses, and land trusts (complete by December 31, 2020);
2. The BLM will compare the validated results from the public nominations with the Draft BLM Priority Access Lists, which include 606 agency-identified priority access areas, to identify overlapping and mutual priorities. The BLM will also evaluate any new geographic areas of high public interest not previously identified by the BLM (complete by June 30, 2021;
3. The BLM will determine which parcel nominations to include on the consolidated Final BLM Priority Access Lists (complete by September 30, 2021).
The BLM is grateful to all those who took time to nominate access issues. The public response to help us identify access issues has been huge, and we are looking forward to resolving as many as possible with our partners and public support. Until we complete the steps above, we are not soliciting additional public nominations, however we will continue to resolve access issues while we work through these steps.