Purchases & Acquisitions
The BLM may purchase or acquire land and interests in land (including access easements, conservation easements, mineral rights and water rights) if funding is available, acquisition is supported in a land use plan, and there are no title defects, hazardous materials or other local issues.
Acquiring land through purchase can enhance recreation opportunities, preserve open space, strengthen resource protection, and provide an alternative for transferring ownership to the BLM when a land exchange or other options are not available.
Lands may also be acquired through donation. Such offers generally may be accepted as a gift to the United States if the lands are contiguous to, and “block-up” with, existing public lands. Donation may allow the donor an income tax deduction based on the appraised value of the donation.