Our Strategy

A Blueprint for 21st Century Outdoor Recreation

The BLM is establishing a new Blueprint for 21st Century Outdoor Recreation intended to guide investments, partnerships, outreach and program development to respond to current demand and chart a course to meet future needs. Through the Blueprint, we are establishing a new vision to proactively manage for exceptional and unique recreational experiences that invite all to share in the enjoyment and stewardship of their public lands.  

The Blueprint presents several major shifts in how we prioritize and support outdoor recreation. The BLM is committed to durable change, which means we must work closely with communities and partners to respond to varying recreation opportunities and pressures. This will allow us to seek continuous program improvements.

Another principle of change is a shift from reactive recreation management to a proactive approach, emphasizing planning to address sustainable resource management needs. Importantly, the Blueprint advances the Department of the Interior Equity Action Plan. It will offer a new path forward that promotes equitable access to outdoor recreation opportunities while conserving, protecting and enhancing BLM’s one-of-a-kind resources and experiences.  

The Blueprint will build on the prior work of the existing Connecting with Communities BLM recreation strategy. 

Connecting with Communities

BLM-managed public lands are recognized as America’s Great Outdoors, a “Backyard to Backcountry” treasure. These lands represent the largest acreage available for recreation in America.  The many BLM offices have partnered with state and local government agencies, other federal agencies, conservation organizations, and others to help people connect with nature through recreation. 

The vision of the Connecting with Communities strategy is to build on this strength and expand the BLM’s existing partnerships with national, regional and local organizations who share our goals of providing sustainable recreation opportunities and lasting economic benefits to communities.

The BLM seeks to manage America’s public lands for visitors to enjoy better health, spend time with families and friends, and connect to America’s Great Outdoors.

Through the links below, learn how our state offices are implementing this community-based strategy: