Recreation & Public Purposes Act

State and local governments and qualified nonprofit organizations may purchase or lease parcels of public land managed by the BLM for use in recreation or other public purposes.

Examples of such uses include historic monument sites, campgrounds, schools, fire houses, law enforcement facilities, municipal facilities, landfills, hospitals, parks, and fairgrounds.

Lands within National Forests, National Parks and Monuments, National Wildlife Refuges, Indian lands, and acquired lands are not available for lease or purchase. The amount of land per project is limited to the amount required to efficiently operate the proposed project, and there are additional limits on the number of acres a government unit or nonprofit organization may purchase per year. There is no annual limit on the acreage that may be leased. 

For details on the BLM R&PPA program and an application form, visit the BLM National R&PPA website.