Whether by foot, horseback, or on wheels, recreational activities are how most people connect with their public lands and waters. Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the Blueprint for 21st Century Outdoor Recreation, the agency’s new vision to provide exceptional and unique recreational experiences that invite all to share in the enjoyment and stewardship of their public lands.
As one of its inaugural program initiatives, the Foundation for America’s Public Lands — the official charitable partner for BLM launched by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2022 — will partner with the Bureau to seek community input on the Blueprint. The Foundation will convene partners to gather insights, share ideas, and identify opportunities for innovation and improvement in the BLM’s recreation programs. This outreach aims to help the Bureau and partners work more effectively together to support the unmatched recreational experiences on public lands and waters for people now and in the future.
“America’s public lands and waters are our great equalizer, and it is essential that we ensure everyone can enjoy all that these special places have to offer,” said Steve Bullock, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for America’s Public Lands. “The Blueprint provides a forward-looking vision that will elevate the exceptional outdoor recreation experiences that exist on BLM lands. The Foundation is proud to support this important work and engage with communities and partners to ensure that these incredible opportunities to recreate responsibly are available to present and future generations alike.”
Every year, millions of people visit public lands and waters annually for recreational enjoyment: hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, climbing, mountain biking, and more. In order to ensure future generations can enjoy the same experiences, the Foundation is committed to supporting partnerships that will increase the resources, staffing, and funding available for recreation management. The Foundation will continue to work closely with the BLM and our partners to create a future where outdoor recreation is accessible and enjoyable for all.