Protecting Cultural Resources on America’s Public Lands

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of cultural and historic resources on federal public lands. We are focused on ensuring that federal land management agencies recognize and achieve their stewardship responsibilities for cultural and historic resources.

Why Public Lands

America’s federal public lands have stunning scenic beauty and contain diverse and important cultural landscapes, historic structures, and archaeological sites which belong to all of us. These resources represent our shared history and are part of our national patrimony. Historic and cultural sites on public land are a diverse, informative and irreplaceable part of our national heritage. They must be preserved for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. Learn More.

Our Work

For over 20 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has advocated for the preservation of historic and cultural resources on federal public lands. Much of our work focuses on various sites across the United States, but a few projects have been added to the National Trusts' list of National Treasures. Learn more about our work on Public Lands.

Federal Public Land Managing Agencies

The National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service manage over 540 million acres of land in the United States that are rich in a wide variety of historic properties, archaeological and cultural sites. Read more about these agencies and the places they manage:

  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • United States Forest Service (USFS)
  • National Park Service (NPS)
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