State summits will inform recreation management on America’s public lands

National Office
Media Contact
Matt Blocker

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management is gearing up for a series of state-level summits to inform how it manages recreation on public lands. These mark the next step of implementing the new Blueprint for 21st Century Outdoor Recreation.

A woman and a child looking at yellow wildflowers
An adult and child look at flowers on the Pacific Crest Trail in California. | Bob Wick

The BLM will host the summits in various states through the summer and fall of 2024. These working sessions will provide a forum for recreation stakeholders, state and local governments, and other interested parties to provide input on outdoor recreation challenges and opportunities on BLM-managed lands in their state. This input will help inform how best to turn the Blueprint into action on a local level.

Published in 2023, the Blueprint is not a formal management plan but rather a strategic document to guide the agency’s recreation management work. Since its release, BLM offices have conducted internal assessments related to the Blueprint’s strategic pillars and core strategies to identify challenges and opportunities. The full text of the Blueprint and associated fact sheet are available on our Recreation Strategy webpage.

BLM state offices will provide specific summit information for their state (including time, venue, and registration information) several weeks in advance. The current schedule for 2024 is:


State Month Location
Nevada July 11 Reno/Sparks
Utah August 29 Bryce Canyon
New Mexico/Texas September 5 Albuquerque
Alaska October 9 Fairbanks
Colorado Late October, TBD Denver/Lakewood


For more information about the upcoming state recreation summits, contact Matt Blocker, Event Coordinator, at