How we work on BLM lands

Vermilion Basin, Colorado

The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for 250 million acres of diverse landscapes across the country – the most of any federal land management agency. Whether it’s grasslands in New Mexico or the desert of California, the BLM is required to balance multiple uses on our public lands and to achieve sustained yield of the public lands resources, meaning that public lands resources, ranging from wildlife habitat to energy sources, will endure for future generations. This  includes energy development, grazing, recreation and conservation. These diverse demands on BLM lands can be met with careful planning, but without public input and thoughtful policies, conservation has historically taken a backseat to other uses.

To achieve meaningful conservation of deserving  BLM lands, the Wilderness Society’s BLM Action Center engages in the BLM’s public planning processes and in BLM policy at a variety of levels.


Engaging in land use planning

Adobe Town, Wyoming, My Public Lands, Flickr

Building off The Wilderness Society’s long history of advocacy on public lands policy, the BLM Action Center offers public guidance and support for engaging with the BLM and making your voice heard in decisions about our public lands. Thorough, long-term participation during the planning process ensures our recommendations are both strategic and effective.  From resource management plans for millions of acres to road and trail designations for recreation activities to guiding oil and gas leasing decisions, our policy work is focused to support the BLM in developing comprehensive land use plans that balance conservation and development.  


Encouraging public input on planning and management

Rio Grande del Norte, New Mexico, BLM

Protection of public lands directly impacts the well-being of communities across the West. The American people, the true owners of the federal lands, have an important voice in decisions about these lands. The BLM Action Center encourages citizen participation and collaboration in improving the management of our public lands. We travel to communities where the BLM is developing land management plans and host workshops for local organizations and the public to learn how to effectively participate in the BLM’s planning process. We also provide additional resources as the plan progresses, such as assisting with technical reviews of agency documents and synthesizing scientific and legal expertise.

Learn about participating in the BLM land use planning process.


Influencing new and reformed agency policy

The policies of the Bureau of Land Management are not static, and rightfully so. As American communities have changed, so have their needs and the values they place on public lands. The BLM Action Center develops innovative means of informing and influencing the BLM to ensure the agency is responsive to the public. We develop policy positions that address both conservation and recreation needs in order to drive better stewardship of our public lands.

Read our fact sheets on BLM policies.


Providing science and research

The research analysts and policy experts of the BLM Action Center cover the range of issues associated with protecting BLM lands. Alongside our work on specific land use planning processes, we also conduct independent research and analyses to improve public land management. By combining the BLM Action Center’s practical experience with its long-term vision, our high-quality analyses provide insight into progressive and realistic policy options.  

Find examples of our research on BLM lands and issues.

Photo: Wilderness Society inventory work in Idaho.



BLM planning in your state

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Learn about BLM plans open for comment

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