BLM Celebrates Two Major Milestones In 2021
Some of the most preferred locations for boondocking are on BLM land. The Bureau of Land Management manages 245 million acres of public landscapes. RVers flock to these off-the-beaten-path sites for a chance to escape city life, get closer to nature, and enjoy a range of outdoor fun like fishing, boating, and hiking.
But besides recreational use, BLM land has been utilized multiple ways since the agency’s creation in 1946 when President Harry Truman merged the General Land Office and the Grazing Service. This year marks the 75th birthday of the BLM as an Interior Department agency. Plus, 2021 marks the 45th anniversary of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the principal law that defines the BLM’s mission.
In honor of its milestones, the agency is encouraging the public to “reimagine your public lands” and follow along on social media, including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Medium, for special announcements.
“As a multiple-use agency, it’s important to remember that the BLM is for everyone. Whether you are a rancher who relies on federal grazing permits or a recreationist who finds peace and solitude on the awe-inspiring landscapes managed by BLM, our public lands are important part of American’s lives. And, on this diamond anniversary year, I invite everyone to reimagine your public lands and the 245 million acres of possibilities they offer from conservation to recreation and commercial.”
— Nada Culver, Deputy Director of Policy and Programs
Who is the Bureau of Land Management?
Over the last seven decades, the Bureau of Land Management has continued to evolve and adapt to the nation’s ever-changing needs with public lands and resources. Under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the agency’s mission is “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.”
Aside from outdoor recreation, public land usage extends to energy development, livestock grazing, mining, and timber harvesting. Also, some BLM-managed land protects wilderness areas, national monuments, wild horse and wildlife habitat, artifacts, and dinosaur fossils. BLM also consults with Tribes on management decisions. For more information about the Bureau of Land Management, visit their website.
RV BLM Boondocking Tidbits
If setting up camp on BLM land sounds like a perfect getaway for your next RV trip, be sure to keep these rules by The Getaway Couple in mind when boondocking.
How to find BLM land for camping
Find your next camping spot on BLM land by utilizing our comprehensive online trip planner, RV Trip Wizard. Plan an RV-friendly route to BLM campgrounds and dispersed camping areas in conjunction with the RV LIFE App. In addition, before deciding on a camping location, check out tips and reviews on Campground Reviews to see what other RVers thought about the place.