WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in conjunction with other agencies within the Department of the Interior, will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to the National System of Public Lands on the first day of summer, June 21; National Public Lands Day, which is scheduled for September 24; and the Veterans Day holiday weekend, November 11-13. These fee-free days also apply to areas managed within the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS).

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“While the American public has entrusted us with the management of their public lands, we can’t do it alone,” said BLM Director Bob Abbey. “One key component that assists us in caring for the natural and cultural resources found on public lands is stewardship, and waiving fees a few days out of the year may help some folks, who might otherwise not have the opportunity, to experience their public lands and develop a passion for them as others have.”

Site standard amenity and individual day-use fees at BLM recreation sites and areas will be waived for the specified dates. Other fees, such as overnight camping, cabin rentals, and group day use, will remain in effect.

The NLCS encompasses more than 27 million acres and includes 886 federally recognized areas, such as national monuments, national conservation areas, Wilderness areas, wilderness study areas, wild and scenic rivers, national scenic and historic trails, and conservation lands of the California desert.
The BLM manages more land – more than 245 million acres – than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.   The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.


  1. Look, Abbey, nobody intrusted you or the BLM with squat…You took it over from the American people…BLM needs to be defunded…Period. Perhaps you can get a job with the UN, which you represent anyway!

  2. What does ‘Public Lands’ mean if we have to pay to use them, clean up after ourselves and follow all the rules they can come up with? I always clean up after myself and try to take more debris if I can find it, which is never hard.

    Just doesn’t make sense to me. We are Americans and the lands have been set aside for our use. I wonder if they think that the land is going to wear out?

  3. El mirage dry lake has now become a private capmground ,all fenced in with entrence fees. The senor advantage passes are not valid and one must now pay to enter..As one can see on any weekend the lake is now almost enpty I now go to lucern or nearby rabbit dry lake where one can roam with freedom. the worst part when one is there one is hassesed not to do this or not to do that, show proof of insurance or be cited for anything.else. the Ranger there hires family members to clean toilets twice a month at 60 k a year.The. worst part is there is no accountability on fees collected. it’s time for the inspector general to look at which pockets these funds are going. email the department of the interior and lets open up this place for us weekend worriors to enjoy once again


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