LANDS POTENTIALLY AVAILABLE FOR DISPOSAL
The Bureau of Land Management’s land use planning documents typically identify lands that are potentially available for disposal through sale, exchange, or for conveyance to state or local governments under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act (R&PP) for public purposes. The BLM conveys lands under the R&PP Act for projects such as schools, fire stations, and community parks. Lands identified for potential disposal may be available for any or all of these purposes.
Lands that have been identified for disposal in Resource Management Plans (RMPs) do not typically contain the presence of endangered or threatened species, cultural or historic resources, mining claims, mineral leases, rights-of-way, and grazing permits. Because RMPs typically extend over many years, lands identified as potentially available for disposal at one point in time may be found later to be unsuitable because of new circumstances, such as oil and gas leasing, the listing of threatened and endangered species, the establishment of rights-of-way, or other encumbrances. Before the BLM disposes of public lands, appropriate environmental reviews and clearances must be completed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, in addition to appraisals to determine fair market value as well as cadastral surveys.
The list below includes land-use plans with lands potentially available for disposal, with a link to each BLM land use plan and the page numbers where information about the parcels that have been identified for disposal and associated maps can be found.