Lands Managed by Any Government Entity
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Common Government Land Designations
The mission of the US Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
The mission of the Bureau of Land Management is to manage public lands to maximize opportunities for commercial, recreational, and conservation activities. This promotes healthy and productive public lands that create jobs in local communities while supporting traditional land uses such as responsible energy development, timber harvesting, grazing, and recreation, including hunting and fishing.
Reservations lands are managed by a federally recognized Native American tribe under the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. These lands are generally off-limits to everyone but members of the Tribe, but are included in the Government Lands layer since they are managed by a Government entity.
The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
The Mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
Other Common Government Land Designations
Wildlife Management Area
Department of Defense
City or County Park
City or County-Owned Land
Unclassified Federal Land