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Guide to Federal Government Sales Department of Interior

Guide to Federal Government Sales - Department of Interior

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Bureau of Land Management

What is sold

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing more than 261.4 million acres of public lands. Public land is undeveloped land with no improvements. Most of the public lands are located in the Western States and Alaska. The BLM does not offer much land for sale because of a Congressional mandate in 1976 to retain these lands. The BLM occasionally sells parcels of land under certain conditions.The lands are generally rural woodland, grassland, or desert.

How the land is sold

The BLM has three options for selling land:

  1. modified competitive bidding where some preferences to adjoining landowners are recognized;
  2. direct sale to one party where circumstances warrant; and
  3. competitive bidding at a public auction.

The sale method is determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the circumstances of each particular parcel or sale. By law, the lands are offered for sale at fair market value.

How sales are advertised

Land sales are listed in local newspapers and in the Federal Register.

Special restrictions/conditions

Sales conditions are provided in the Notice of Sale. The BLM can sell public land only to U.S. citizens or corporations subject to Federal or state laws. Employees of the Department of the Interior are not allowed to bid. No financing is available. Cashier's check or cash is required.

For more information

For general BLM information, contact:

BLM National Headquarters
1849 C St., NW,
Washington, DC 20240
(202) 452-5125.

You may wish to consult the BLM website at You also may wish to contact the BLM office in the state(s) where you are interested in buying land. The specific states covered by each office are listed here.

BLM - Alaska State Office

222 W. 7th Street, #13
Anchorage, AK 99513-7599
(907) 271-4418

BLM - Arizona State Office

222 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2203
(602) 417-9504

BLM - California State Office

2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1834
Sacramento, CA 95825-0451
(916) 978-4611

BLM - Colorado State Office

2850 Youngfield St.
Lakewood, CO 80215-7076
(303) 239-3670

BLM - Eastern States Office (includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin)

7450 Boston Blvd.
Springfield, VA 22153
(703) 440-1713

BLM - Idaho State Office

1387 S. Vinnell Way
Boise, ID 83709-1657
(208) 373-3890

BLM - Montana State Office (including Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota)

5001 Southgate Dr.
Billings, MT 59107
(406) 896-5011

BLM - Nevada State Office

1340 Financial Blvd.
Reno, NV. 89520-7147
(775) 861-6586

BLM - New Mexico St ate Office (including Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas)

1474 Rodeo Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 438-7514

BLM - Oregon State Office (including Washington state)

333 SW First Ave.
Portland, OR 97208
(503) 808-6287

BLM - Utah St ate Office

324 S. State St., Ste. 301
Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0155
(801) 539-4021

BLM - Wyoming (including Nebraska)

5353 Yellowstone Rd.
Cheyenne, WY 82003
(307) 775-6015

For the BLM booklet, Can I Get Free Land from BLM?, send a $2.00 check or money order payable to "Superintendent of Documents" to the following address:

Federal Citizen Information Center
Dept. 111K
Pueblo, CO 81009
1(888)8PUEBLO toll-free (that's 1-888-878-3256)

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