Over 245 million surface acres as well as 700 million sub-surface acres. As our lands are increasingly tapped to develop clean, renewable energy, the U.S. lessens its dependence on foreign oil and provides opportunities for creating new jobs to support local communities. Public lands also provide sites for new modern transmission facilities needed to deliver clean power to consumers.
Rangeland also provides forage and habitat to domestic livestock. In managing livestock grazing on public rangelands, the objective is to ensure the long-term health and productivity of these lands and to create multiple environmental benefits that result from healthy watersheds.
On approximately 250 million acres of public lands, visitors enjoy countless types of outdoor adventure – participating in activities as widely varied as camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, boating, whitewater rafting, hang gliding, off-highway vehicle driving, mountain biking, birding and wildlife viewing, photography, climbing, all types of winter sports, and visiting natural and cultural heritage sites.
National Conservation Lands
The National Conservation Lands are uniquely diverse.They encompass red-rock deserts and rugged ocean coastlines, deep river canyons and broad Alaskan tundra. Many areas are remote and wild but others are surprisingly accessible.