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The Federal Government owns nearly 650 million
acres of land - almost 30 percent of the land area of the United States.
Federally-owned and managed public lands include National Parks, National
Forests, and National Wildlife Refuges. These are lands that are held
for all Americans. The Federal agencies responsible for managing America's
natural resources must meet both the public desire to protect them and
the public expectation of economic growth based on them. Within the Federal
Government, a number of agencies contribute to the management of natural
resources associated with public lands. All of these Federal agencies
are partners in the production of the 1997-2014 Edition of the National Atlas.
In the United States there are only two kinds of reserved lands that
are well-known: military and Indian. An Indian Reservation is land reserved
for a tribe when it relinquished its other land areas to the United States
through treaties. More recently, Congressional acts, Executive Orders,
and administrative acts have created Reservations. There are approximately
275 Indian land areas in the United States administered as Indian Reservations
(reservations, pueblos, rancherias, communities, etc.). The largest is
the Navajo Reservation of some 16 million acres of land in Arizona, New
Mexico, and Utah. Many of the smaller Reservations are less than 1,000
acres with the smallest less than 100 acres. On each Reservation, the
local governing authority is the tribal government. Military reservations are managed by the Department of Defense. Examples include army posts, marine bases, naval stations, and air force bases.
These maps were designed for use on the World Wide Web or for generating
high quality color prints. Each map shows the Federal Lands and Indian
Reservations overlaid on top of State boundaries, selected streams and
waterbodies, and major cities for easy reference. In addition, there is
a map showing Federal Lands and Indian Reservations for the entire United
The maps are available in the following formats.
- GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
These maps are for use on the World Wide Web and can be viewed
in your browser window.
File Sizes: Each map page in GIF format is less than
- PDF (Portable Document Format)
These maps can be printed using your home or office printer.
Each map is designed to fit on an 8.5- by 11-inch sheet of paper.
File Sizes: The Alaska printable map in PDF format is over 10MB
and the one for California is over 5MB in size. Most of these printable
maps have a file size less than 2MB.
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view and print PDF files.