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 Public Lands Project

US Public Lands and Climate Change


America’s public lands are at the forefront of the climate crisis.

  • The federal government owns roughly 640 million acres, about 28% of the 2.27 billion acres of land in the United States. Four major federal land management agencies administer 606.5 million acres of this land (as of September 30, 2018). They are the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and National Park Service (NPS) in the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Forest Service (FS) in the Department of Agriculture.

  • Research from the U.S. Geological Survey has found that fossil fuels extracted from public lands and waters are responsible for nearly a quarter of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions.

  • To transform America’s public lands and waters from a source of greenhouse gas emissions into a cornerstone of an ambitious climate strategy, the U.S. government must develop and implement a comprehensive and aggressive public lands climate plan to reduce emissions from fossil fuel extraction, increase renewable energy development, and protect and restore natural landscapes across the country.

State and local Leagues, and individual League members, have a critical role to play in helping to limit future climate change and protect the planet.


Join the LWVUS Climate Action Interest Group and become part of the TEAM

Read Why Oceans are Part of the Climate Solution



  • Colorado River Interim Guidelines Negotiations: A Historic Moment for the Colorado River: Watch On Demand

​Other Resources

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