The distinctions between state lands, public lands, and national monuments can seem quite obscure to many people. The reasons for preserving the property and as well as who owns it is where the main difference lies. For example, National parks have objects of scientific, cultural, or historical interest and are protected due to their recreational, education, inspirational, and scenic value.
Without an act of Congress, federal public lands cannot be sold or transferred because they belong to American citizens (regardless of where they live.) If you value your national parks, and like visiting them for hiking, backpacking, camping, and enjoying the scenery – it’s in your best interest to keep them in public hands.
National parks are vast areas of land that protect various resources with historical and natural features. They offer numerous recreational opportunities while striving to keep the wild landscapes unimpaired. National Parks can only be created by Congress and are managed by four agencies – National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management. Activities such as gas and oil extraction, fishing, or hunting may be permitted in National parks only if they don’t jeopardize its natural resources.
Arizona state lands, on the other hand, are managed by the Arizona State Land Department – a department of the Arizona state government dedicated to the management of the state-owned property.
The U.S. government manages about 610 million acres of public land. This land offers countless opportunities for enjoyment and recreation but is also a part of our national identity. Protect your public property.
For ideas on how to enjoy Arizona’s State Lands, Public Lands and National Parks, please contact us