Connecting People to Their Public Lands 2015
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has a long tradition of connecting people of all ages to their public lands. In March of 2014, the Secretary of the Interior’s goal of “engaging the next generation” expanded this tradition and brought renewed attention to reaching out to young people, the future stewards of public lands. The initiative has four pillars: it calls upon the BLM and other Department of the Interior agencies to strengthen and increase opportunities for people to PLAY on public lands through recreation and outdoor activities, to LEARN about these lands through education and interpretation programs, to SERVE as volunteers and active stewards of the land, and to WORK on public lands and pursue natural resource careers. This report documents the range of opportunities the BLM offered in fiscal year 2014 for youth—as well as for families, educators, and the general public—to play, learn, serve, and work on their public lands. Together with its partners, the BLM can engage today’s generations to help ensure a bright future for public lands.