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Saving the Sagebrush Sea: An Imperiled Western Legacy

Nearly 350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival.



 OPL Logo Ourpubliclands.org is a place for hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts to get information about the public lands where they enjoy their favorite activities. The public lands issues this website focuses on include:


Learn about the threats to America's public lands by visiting our News and Resources, Research and Publications and Multimedia pages. Speak up to protect special places from our Action Center. Track how your elected officials are voting on public lands legislation and hold them accountable from our Vote Center. Showcase your favorite outdoor experiences by posting your pictures. America's public lands--our national forests, parks, wildlife refuges, monuments, wilderness areas, Bureau of Land Management land and rangelands--are a uniquely American legacy. In all, these lands cover over 650 million acres - or almost 30% of the nation! Public lands provide habitat for more than 600 sensitive or threatened fish, wildlife and plant species. They also provide a place for sportsmen and other outdoor enthusiasts to recreate. More than 516,000 sportsmen hunted on BLM lands in 2002, spending nearly $780 million. The value of wildlife viewing activities on BLM lands exceeded $1.4 billion that year.

Created by National Wildlife Federation™, this website provides information on public lands issues of both national and state significance. Although issues regarding all public lands are featured, this site focuses on the western states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico where the public lands conservation tradition runs deep.


We would like to thank The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, whose dedication and support of our public lands made this website possible. The opinions expressed on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.