Arizona: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Following are some of the questions the Public Lands Information Center has recently received from the public about recreation in Arizona.
Do`s and Don`ts on BLM Lands
Question: I am looking for information on the do`s and dont`s regarding BLM land. Questions such as hunting, shooting, hiking, camping etc...
An old Utah cowboy we met a few years back answered your question
this way: "That`s where you go hunting or camping or picking
wildflowers, and ain`t nobody can tell you what to do. Because that`s
land that belongs to me, and to you, and to everyone else."
MORE INFORMATION: if you have a specific are in mind, you can always contact the PLIC or the nearest BLM office. THE BOTTOM LINE is that on BLM-administered lands you can come closer to experiencing the freedom and adventure our west-bound ancestors knew than on any other public land. Remember, these are your lands--take good care of them. Have fun!
FLMPA, NEPA, and other Environmental Legislation
Question: I was reading a news story about the BLM that mentioned FLMPA and NEPA. What are they?
Answer: They are government acronmyms for laws which govern the land management policies for the BLM (Federal Land Policy and Management Act), and other Department of Interior and other agencies (National Environmental Policy Act).
If you are interested in other environmental legislation still in
the news, you might also want to check out the Endangered
Species Act. the National
Forest Management Act, the National
Antiquities Act of 1906 (a favorite invocation of President
Clinton), and the Organic
Homesteading on BLM Land
Question: I am trying to find information regarding public land in the state of Arizona. I was wondering if I could file a claim (homestead) for the purpose of building a home... It is my understanding that there is land available to citizens of the USA. Please advise me so I may contiue my search. Thank you.
Answer: In 1976 Congress repealed the Homestead Act and established as policy to keep what remained of the Public Domain in public ownership. Although homesteading is a thing of the past, the Bureau of Land Management does, occasionally, have some lands suitable for purchase by private citizens. These are lands that have been identified as unneeded by the Federal Government or as better utilized in private ownership. By law, these lands are made available for sale at no less than fair market value. To find out what lands the BLM may have listed for sale in Arizona, please contact:
BLM Arizona State Office
222 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2203
Ph. (602) 417-9200
Are There Any Public Lands For Sale
Question: I heard about a place where you could buy plots of public land from the goverment. The web site was publicland.com is this a true thing or a scam? thank you for your time
Answer: There isn`t much public land for sale because of a congressional mandate in 1976 to generally retain public lands in public ownership. The Bureau of Land Management does, however, occasionally sell parcels of land where their land use planning finds that disposal is appropriate.
The BLM can select lands for sale if, through land use planning, they are found to meet one of three criteria: 1/ they are scattered, isolated tracts, difficult or uneconomic to manage; 2/ they were acquired for a specific purpose and are no longer needed for that purpose; 3/disposal of the land will serve important public objectives, such as community expansion and economic development.
The BLM has three options for selling land: modified competitive bidding where some preference to adjoining landowners are recognized, direct sale to one party where circumstances warrant, and competitive bidding at public auction.
Your best bet is to contact the specific BLM state office with jurisdiction over the area you are interested in.
"Are There Public Lands For Sale?" is a free brochure produced by the BLM. It lists all the BLM state offices and answers frequently asked questions regarding land sales. We will be happy to send you a copy if you email us your address.
Township and Range Finder
Question: I would like map software that I can search by Range, Township, and Section. Does such a CD/DVD exist?
Answer: For questions of this nature, you can refer to the BLM`s PLSS (public land survey system). You can zoom in on an area & ID it by Township & Range, or do a search for a specific township. Very handy! And it`s free!! It`s designed for downloading GIS shapefiles (for use with ESRI software), but once you identify the correct township, we`re happy to help you find the correct paper map to go with it, if you need one.