Public lands are acreage held by the government for conservation purposes. They are generally undeveloped, with limited activities such as grazing, wildlife management, recreation, timbering, mineral development, water development, and hunting. A part of this area is held by the federal government and is dedicated to national parks, wilderness, and wildlife refuges. Some oil and mineral exploration is allowed under lease to private firms.
The Public Lands Information Center has maps available of the area with detailed guides to public recreation sites including: