Land Status, Recreation
50 Years of Wild & Scenic Rivers
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was passed 50 years ago this week. On October 2, 1968 the US Congress passed Public Law 90-542.

It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and that they and their immediate environments shall be protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Read the complete law as published in the Land Matters Library

Land Matters is working on a mapping project that will provide a comprehensive view of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. Since 1968, there have been 209 Wild and Scenic River Designations that cover almost 13,000 miles of river. The most recent being in August of 2018 for 20 miles on East Rosebud Creek in Montana.

Our Wild & Scenic Rivers Project Map shows all National Wild & Scenic Rivers and their designations (wild, scenic or recreational) and includes eight designated Study Rivers. WSR Project Map

When using the map, SELECT the Information Tool, CLICK on a Wild and Scenic River and the results window returns a link to the Public Law that designated the river. You will also find many of the WSR Management Plans in the Library.

Future Additions include mapping of administrative boundaries, historic Wild & Scenic Study Rivers and a full complement of Wild and Scenic River documents in the Library. We will keep you updated as things progress.


by Leigh
Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 01:37 PM

The BLM is proposing a lease of about 1,046 acres of public land in Maricopa County, Arizona. The area is split into two parcels. One that borders the famous Vulture Mine, and a second that covers a commonly used parking and camping area in the Vulture Mountains.

Maricopa County proposes to use the land for a variety of recreation facilities to be associated with the Vulture Mountains Cooperative Recreation Management Area. This is to be a cooperatively managed area between the BLM and Maricopa County. Related improvements for the proposed lease include picnic and camping facilities, restrooms, trailheads, developed day use facilities, and parking.

This is a highly mineralized area and has been prospected throughout the regions history. The land specified will be withdrawn from the General Mining Laws.

by Leigh
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 07:57 PM

Our newest national monument, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, located in central Maine, was established by Presidential Proclamation 9476 under the authority of the Antiquities Act on August 24, 2016.

Approximately 87,500 acres of land was donated by Elliotsville Plantation Inc. and the Roxanne Quimby Foundation has established a "substantial" endowment with the National Park Foundation to support the administration of this national monument. It will be administered by the National Park Service.

Our Land Matters Katahdin Map shows the location and boundaries of this new monument. Check out the new NPS Website for more monument details and recreation maps. This is the first in a series of posts about our newest National Monuments.
by Leigh
Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 09:21 PM

Public Land Order No. 7855; Withdrawal of National Forest System Land for the Burgess Junction Visitor Center and Administrative Site, Bighorn National Forest; Wyoming

On behalf of the United States Forest Service, this order withdraws, subject to valid existing rights, 73 acres of National Forest System land in the Bighorn National Forest from location and entry under the United States mining laws, but not from leasing under the mineral leasing laws, for a period of 20 years to protect capital improvements constructed for the Burgess Junction Visitor Center and Administrative Site.

Read the Federal Register Notice Here

See a Land Matters Custom Map of the Withdrawal Area here.


by Source
Monday, September 19, 2016, 05:05 PM

Public Land Order No. 7856; Withdrawal of National Forest System Land for the Medicine Wheel/Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark; Wyoming

Subject to valid existing rights, this order withdraws approximately 4,513 acres of National Forest System land in the Bighorn National Forest from location and entry under the United States mining laws, but not from leasing under the mineral or geothermal leasing laws, or disposal under the Materials Act of 1947, for a period of 20 years to protect and preserve existing heritage resources and American Indian spiritual values within the formally designated Medicine Wheel/Medicine Mountain National Historic Landmark (NHL).

Read the Federal Register Notice here.

See a Land Matters Custom Map of the Withdrawal Area here
by Source
Sunday, September 18, 2016, 04:50 PM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is processing an application under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of October 21, 1976 (FLPMA) to convey the undivided mineral interest owned by the United States in 70 acres located in Escambia County, Florida, to the surface owner, Airway Development, LLC.

Read the Federal Register Notice here.
by Source
Sunday, September 18, 2016, 04:26 PM


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