BLM seeks to pinpoint public parcels that lack access

U.S. land managers say they will release by mid-March a priority list of federal lands that need but don’t have public access.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said they want people to nominate lands where the public could legally hunt, fish or pursue other recreational purposes, except the lands have limited or no access.

The agency manages 383,000 square miles of land, primarily in western states.

The public access initiative is mandated under a sweeping conservation bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump last March. The law was named for Rep. John Dingell, the influential Michigan Democrat and longtime chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee who died last year.

Acting BLM Director William “Perry” Pendley said the agency welcomes “information from the public that will help us pinpoint barriers to access.”