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Nominations sought for BLM lands with public access issues


Month-long public nomination process begins Jan. 31

WASHINGTON (KTVZ) -- As part of its efforts to implement the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, the Bureau of Land Management is seeking public assistance in identifying lands managed by the agency on which the public is allowed to hunt, fish, or use the land for other recreational purposes, but to which  there is no legal public access or where access is significantly restricted.

Recommendations from the public will aid the BLM in creating a report to Congress that provides options for reasonably providing access to such lands, such as by acquiring an easement, right-of-way or fee title from a willing owner.

The BLM plans to post its first priority list online at BLM’s ePlanning website by Thursday, March 12.  The BLM will update the priority list every two years for at least the next decade.

The public nomination period to identify parcels for inclusion on the BLM’s priority list will open on Jan. 31 and will close on Saturday, Feb. 29. Subsequent updates on BLM’s efforts will be published prior to the release of future priority lists, in order to seek additional information and suggestions from the public. 

“The BLM has worked tirelessly with other federal and state agencies, public and private partners to proactively identify and address public land access issues for many years. Our priority is to increase access to public lands wherever possible, and to increase public opportunities for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation across the more than 245 million acres of lands we manage,” said William Perry Pendley, BLM Deputy Director for Programs and Policy.

“The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act will help us expand and improve these efforts, and we welcome information from the public that will help us pinpoint barriers to access.”

All lands nominated for inclusion on the BLM’s priority must be managed by the BLM, encompass at least 640 contiguous acres and have significantly restricted or have no public access.

BLM must also consider the likelihood of resolving identified access issues when determining whether to include parcels on the list.

When submitting nominations, the public must include the location of the nominated land or parcel, total acreage affected (if known), a description or narrative describing the lack of access, and any additional information the BLM should consider when determining if the land should be on BLM’s priority list.

BLM will not include any personally identifying information concerning owners or ownership of any parcels in preparing the priority list or related congressional reports.  

Public nominations will be accepted via the BLM’s ePlanning website.

This effort advances a primary goal of the Dingell Act (S. 47), which was signed into law by President Trump in March 2019. Section 4105 of the Act directs the BLM to develop a priority list, which identifies the location and acreage of BLM-managed parcels over 640 acres open to hunting, fishing, or other recreational purposes, and which have no legal public access or where access is significantly restricted.   

The BLM is working to implement Dingell Act tasks assigned in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Utah, Montana/Dakotas, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon/Washington, and the Eastern States Office (Louisiana and Minnesota). 

Implementing the Dingell Act is a top priority for Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt.  Implementing the Dingell Act will continue the Department of the Interior’s work to strike proper balance for land and resources management, increase access for hunting, fishing, and recreation, and create economic prosperity while protecting and preserving America’s treasures.   

To learn more about the Dingell Act and how it affects your public lands, please visit


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  1. All over the foothills east of the Scio area is BLM ground. Blocked by timber companies that hire Sherrif’s deputies to patrol. It is EXTREME BAD if you get caught. Sherrie Sprenger told me the public signed over the roads because of maintenance costs. I called HORSE****, and demanded to see the public minutes on that. She told me she wasn’t even sure. I told her that is ILLEGAL….she shrugged her shoulders and walked off. There are THOUSANDS of acres of public property LOCKED UP by the timber companies…..GUESS WHO gets to hunt behind locked gates?

    1. Yes, there is a lot of lands gated and locked up East of Scio, North, and South of Sweet Home. The out the BLM has left themselves is the “at least 640 contiguous acres” part. Looking at those grounds I find a LOT of tracts less than 640, some at 630 +/- even, so those lands will be out of contention. Also, there are a lot of sub-640-acre tracts of BLM lands in Oregon that are being grazed and even farmed, I wonder how the BLM accounts for them. Heck, even Deschutes County is allowing county-owned lands to be locked up and used as private property.

  2. Who is going to assume responsibility for expansion of VAGRANT NUISANCE? If you have ever been to Portland, ODOT has become one of the most significant owner of public nuisance due to vagrant infestation on their easement.

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