Federal Land Use - Our Public Lands

Federal Land Use Lesson Plan


Students will know and understand:

  • The definition and application of terms related to Natural Resource Management
  • The complex issue of determining the best use for our public natural resources and lands
  • How National Parks and National Monuments are created and how they differ
  • How to research information about Natural Resources, National Parks and National Monuments

Essential Questions:

  • What is the best possible use for Federal Land? What should be allowed and what should not be allowed?
  • What group has the most to gain or lose by the designation of a new national monument?
  • Should ranching, logging, hunting, etc continue to be allowed on land that was once BLM or Forest Service and is now a National Monument?
  • Should Presidents be able to designate or shrink National Monuments? Why or why not?
  • What laws or practices are in place for the protection of Federal Properties?
This lesson plan includes multiple activities, including a video comparison, debate, game design, and critical thinking analysis. A list of terms and optional project extensions are also included.

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Sources Used:

Vox. 2022. See how much of your state is owned by the federal government. [online] Available at: <https://www.vox.com/2015/2/16/8046349/federal-government-land-by-state>

Doi.gov. 2022. DOI Roles and Responsibilities. [online] Available at: <https://www.doi.gov/oepc/doi-roles-and-responsibilities>

Nps.gov. 2022. Quick History of the National Park Service (U.S. National Park Service). [online] Available at: <https://www.nps.gov/articles/quick-nps-history.htm#:~:text=On%20August%2025%2C%201916%2C%20President,those%20yet%20to%20be%20established.>

Nps.gov. 2022. What’s In a Name? Discover National Park System Designations (U.S. National Park Service). [online] Available at: <https://www.nps.gov/articles/nps-designations.htm>

Business Insider. 2022. This map shows the huge amount of land the federal government owns in the American West. [online] Available at: <https://www.businessinsider.com/federal-government-land-map-oregon-militia-2016-1>

Blm.gov. 2022. About: How We Manage | Bureau of Land Management. [online] Available at: <https://www.blm.gov/about/how-we-manage>


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