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Public Lands Rule


On April 18, 2024, the BLM announced an update to its regulations that will guide balanced management of America's public lands now and for the future. 

The Public Lands Rule will help safeguard the health of our public lands for current and future generations by ensuring that we:

  • protect clean water and wildlife habitat,
  • restore lands and waters that need it, and
  • make informed management decisions based on science, data and Indigenous knowledge. 

The rule recognizes conservation as an essential component of public lands management,
on equal footing with other multiple uses of these lands. 

Americans rely on public lands to deliver food, energy, clean air and water, wildlife habitat, and places to recreate. The BLM knows the importance of balancing the use of our natural resources with protecting public lands and waters for future generations. 

The Public Lands Rule will safeguard these lands and waters to protect our way of life, both now and in the future. 

In response to comments received from individual Americans, state and local governments, Tribes, industry groups and advocacy organizations, the BLM has refined concepts laid out
in the Proposed Rule to clarify and strengthen it. 

In our endeavor to conserve public lands, we cannot succeed without our partners and stakeholders.

It's up to all of us to work together to ensure that we pass along our public lands in as good or better shape than we found them. 

We will continue working with partners and stakeholders to put the final rule into action.