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20 Endangered or Threatened Species Found on Public Lands

The nearly 600 million acres of America’s public lands are home to all kinds of plants and animals. The national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, coastal preserves, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, lakes and reservoirs that belong to all of us are also home to millions of creatures – big and small.

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Virginia Big-eared Bats; Photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bats on Public Lands

Bats play a vital role in maintaining healthy ecosystems on our nation’s public lands. Site managers and visitors of public land sites are encouraged to learn more about the ecological importance of these fascinating creatures, the threats that bats currently face, and what you can do to help.

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Birdwatcher at Rock Creek Park

America's Great Outdoors

The America's Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative was launched President Obama in 2010.  The goal of the AGO is to include the public in the nationwide discussion of how we should protect our natural heritage and outline a conservation and recreation plan for the 21st century. 

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Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C.

Urban Public Lands

You do not have to travel to the countryside or rural forest in order to see nature. Parks, playgrounds, and even beaches, are waiting to be discovered right in your city.

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Canoeing on National Public Lands Day

Recreation and Public Lands

While volunteers will be working hard to improve their parks on National Public Lands Day, they will also be enjoying America’s natural wonders. NPLD is a gateway to discovering the beauty and opportunity for fun at our parks. Site managers are encouraged to promote recreational opportunities to volunteers that are available at public lands.

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