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New Secretarial order protects public access to recreation areas

Industry News | March 28, 2019 | By:


The U.S. Department of the Interior released a Secretarial Order that will help prevent the sale of public lands important to outdoor recreation, while ensuring that public access be a key consideration in land exchanges.

Secretarial Order 3373 – Evaluating Public Access in BLM Land Disposals and Exchanges – prioritizes recreation and access when Bureau of Land Management (BLM) parcels are being considered for disposal, exchange and acquisition under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA). Since FLPMA was enacted in 1976, remote BLM parcels have been identified for disposal or exchange for what have been deemed more “high-quality” parcels. While this tool allows BLM to manage higher priority areas, before today there was never a directive ensuring that remote BLM parcels important to recreation access were not exchanged or disposed.

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