Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act

A landscape photo of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument-Paria Canyon Wilderness, Arizona, photo by Bob Wick, BLM

The Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act was signed into law on July 25, 2000 (Title II of P.L. 106-248) for an initial period of 10 years and reauthorized in perpetuity on March 23, 2018 (Title III of P.L. 115-141). 

Under FLTFA, revenues from the sale or exchange of BLM-managed public lands that have been identified for disposal in approved land use plans are  deposited into a Federal Land Disposal Account for use in purchasing other lands (or interests therein, such as easements) with high conservation or recreation value.    

Lands or interests purchased using the FLTFA Account must be: 

  • inholdings, 
  • adjacent to federal designated areas and contain exceptional resources, or 
  • adjacent to lands that are open to public hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, or other recreational activities but to which there is no or restricted public access or egress, and that consist of at least 640 contiguous acres. 

The BLM FLTFA program operates under an interagency agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.