Public Lands Foundation

The Public Lands Foundation (PLF) is a national non-profit membership organization that advocates and works for the retention of America’s National System of Public Lands (NSPL) in public hands, professionally and sustainably managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for responsible use and enjoyment by everyone.

PLF endorses and embraces the multiple use mission of the BLM, which is the agency that manages the NSPL.

Most of our members spent their careers managing these public lands located throughout the West. They have personal knowledge of these lands and unparalleled expertise in their management.

PLF is a nonprofit and tax-exempt organization that is not affiliated with or a part of the BLM. Membership is open to current, former and retired BLM employees and all who have an interest in how the NSPL is used and managed.


About the National System of Public Lands (NSPL)

The NSPL managed by the BLM, comprises about 245 million surface acres located in 28 States, including Alaska, (about one-eighth of the total land surface of the United States), and 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate. The majority of these public lands are located in the 11 Western States and Alaska.

About the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

The BLM is an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. President Harry S. Truman created the BLM in 1946 by combining two existing agencies: the General Land Office and the Grazing Service. The mission of the BLM is “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.” The BLM’s holdings were described originally as “the land nobody wanted” because homesteaders had passed them by. Activities on BLM-managed lands annually contribute over $100 billion to the Nation’s economic output and support nearly 450,000 domestic jobs through extractive and non-extractive uses of those lands.