Forest Service, BLM Lands and Fish & Wildlife
The U.S. Forest Service manages forest and grasslands across the country that offer vast, scenic areas that beg to be hiked and photographed. They manage more than 158,000 miles of trails, (we have not hiked them all, yet) 10,000 developed recreation sites, over 57,000 miles of streams and 338,000 Heritage sites. They also manage 9 National Monuments, 9,100 miles of Scenic Byways, 439 Wilderness areas and 122 Wild and Scenic Rivers.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages more than 245 million acres in the United States and Alaska. The BLM lands offer countless types of outdoor activities. Many sites offer hunting, fishing, whitewater rafting, off-highway vehicle driving, camping and hiking, just to name a few. America’s BLM lands are recognized as America’s Great Outdoors.
The National Wildlife Refuges, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have extensive trails, auto tour routes, boardwalks, observation decks, hunting and photography blinds, fishing piers and boat launches offer great opportunities to learn about and enjoy the ‘outdoors’.