Federal Land Policy and Management Act (1976)

Douglas W. Dodd

In: Encyclopedia of Politics of the American West

Federal Land Policy and Management Act (1976)

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  • The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (Pub. L. 94–579) was signed into law by President Gerald Ford on October 21, 1976. The act overhauled the tangled statutory framework governing the federal public lands, adopted a policy of retaining the public lands in federal ownership, and formally authorized the Bureau of Land Management to manage its public lands on a multiple-use, sustained-yield basis. The multiple-use criterion was intended to ensure all possible uses and benefits of the national forests and grasslands—including outdoor recreation, range, timber, watershed, and wildlife and fish—would be taken into consideration. The sustained yield criterion required “the achievement and maintenance in perpetuity of a high-level annual or regular periodic output of the various renewable resources of the national forests without ...

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