Lands - Realty and Boundary Management

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland encompass over 1.7 million acres. The lands and realty program is dedicated to securing and protecting the American public’s rights, title, value and interests in the national forests and grasslands. The activities and responsibilities of this staff encompass the nuts and bolts of National Forest administration, namely, what the public owns, where it is located and how it can be used.  It doesn't get more basic than that. The questons about ownership are ones that need to be answered before we can do anything "on the ground", and a good knowledge of the public's rights and obligations is the key to good managment, and the best way to avoid problems with our neighbors before they can even occur. 

Key program areas include:

  • Current and accurate ownership records -
  • Consolidating land ownership through exchanges and acquisitions -
  • Legal survey of property boundaries and the actions necessary to protect the public's land title by resolved boundary conflicts and title defects -
  • Acquisition of road and trail rights-of-way -
  • Processing applications for special uses, such as powerlines and communication sites -