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.


  • Testimony delivered by The Wilderness Society's Chase Huntley to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts.