Acquire access to public lands to assist various programs to meet management objectives.
Land Use Allocations
This section provides direction for access acquisition. For direction regarding road management, see the Roads section of this chapter.
Acquire access by obtaining easements (including fee easements), entering into new reciprocal right-of-way agreements, or amending existing reciprocal right-of-way agreements. Condemnation for access will be pursued when necessary.
Acquire perpetual exclusive easements whenever possible to provide for public access and BLM control. Acquire nonexclusive easements, which do not provide for public access, consistent with management objectives and where no public access is needed. Acquire temporary easements only when other options are not available.
Continue to obtain access across lands of private companies or individuals who are a party (permittee) to existing reciprocal right-of-way agreements through use supplements and amendments to the agreements. Whenever a willing permittee is identified and it is determined there is a need for public access, negotiations could be started to provide for the acquisition of public access rights.
Emphasize acquisition for public access on major travel routes.
Acquire access when needed for such facilities as trails, boat ramps, and in-stream fisheries enhancement structures, as well as roads.
Consider acquisition of conservation easements where the Bureau's objectives can be met with less than fee ownership. Such easements may be appropriate to protect populations of special status plants and animals, important wetlands, and other special resources.
Easements, including fee easements, to provide legal and physical access (administrative and/or public) to Bureau administered land may be acquired anywhere within the District. Other easements, including conservation easements, may be acquired anywhere within Land Tenure Zones 1 and 2 when consistent with management objectives. Where directed by Congress, including through the appropriation of Land and Water Conservation Funds, easements of any type may be acquired anywhere within the District.