BLM Lands

From Utah's canyon country to Colorado's Vermillion Basin, the lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are some of America’s most valued places for recreation, scientific research and wilderness.

These western American lands are at risk when the BLM does not manage them in a way that protects, conserves and balances how they are used. Our work aims to ensure the BLM manages the land wisely.

Why Bureau of Land Management lands

The BLM oversees more land than any other government agency, including the National Forest or National Park Service. All together the BLM manages:

  • Over 245 million acres
  • 27 million-acre National Landscape Conservation System
  • 700 million acres of minerals, like oil, gas and coal that are found beneath the surface

A 1976 law (the Federal Land Policy and Management Act or FLPMA) requires that the BLM manage these lands for a  variety of uses, including:

  • Recreation
  • Protection of natural, cultural and historical resources
  • Energy development
  • Livestock grazing
  • Fish and wildlife habitat

How we work on BLM lands

Lands controlled by the BLM face unparalleled threats from oil and gas drilling, unchecked off-road vehicle use and other destructive activities. These pressures will only intensify as the BLM amends dozens of resource management plans across the West. Local input and citizen involvement in the process will make a difference. Our research, analysis and legal expertise help train citizens and keep pressure on the BLM to limit threats to our shared lands.

BLM planning

The Bureau of Land Management is developing land use plans to determine how regional BLM field offices manage millions of acres for the next 20 years. 

BLM protection

Our western lands face increased pressure from climate change, population growth, misuse and energy development, so it is more important than ever to put in place plans that protect some of America’s last great wild lands and wildlife for future generations.

BLM Conservation Lands

Some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and most valuable natural and cultural treasures can be found in the National Landscape Conservation System (Conservation Lands).

BLM lands FAQs

Have more questions about the Bureau of Land Management? Our BLM Lands FAQs can help.

 

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