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Release Date: 05/18/12
Contacts: Cindy Wertz, (307) 775-6014    
  Lesley A. Elser, (307) 261-7603    

Active Duty Military Offered Free Annual Pass to All BLM Public Lands
Passes Available this Saturday at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. military, on May 19--Armed Forces Day--the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will begin issuing an annual pass offering free access to all BLM-managed public lands for active duty military members and their dependents.

Active duty military members are invited to pick up their passes at the National Historic Trails Center on Saturday May 19. Admission is free to the Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  Military pass flyer.

“We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who sacrifice so much to protect our country,” said Wyoming State Director Don Simpson. “This new pass is a way to thank military members and their families for their service and their sacrifices.”

Active duty members of the Armed Forces can pick up their pass at any BLM field office, visitor center, or public contact station. Military members and their dependents must show a current, valid military identification card to obtain their pass. More information is available at

This military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass also permits free entrance to sites managed by the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service. The pass is also available at these locations.

“BLM public lands are America’s backyard and offer the widest range of recreation opportunities of any public land agency. 
This spectrum of traditional and new outdoor recreation activities contributes to the health and well-being of millions of Americans including members of the military,” Don Simpson said. “We are proud to recognize these brave men and women and hope that a visit to these lands will offer an opportunity to unwind, relax, rejuvenate, and just have fun with their families.”

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 05-18-2012