The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of your public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared a proposed rule to improve the resource management planning process. The proposed rule would revise existing regulations which describe how the BLM conducts its planning activity. The proposed regulations are part of the BLM’s ongoing Planning 2.0 initiative, an effort that strives to rethink the resource management plans that provide the framework for the management of public lands. (BLM’s Proposed Planning Rule Fact Sheet) (PDF)
"President Proposes $1.2 Billion for BLM in Fiscal Year 2014 to Protect Resources and Manage Uses of Public Lands" (BLM, 4/10/13) Focusing on renewable energy, safe and responsible mineral development, outdoor recreation and other key priorities, the President's budget has requested $1.2 billion in appropriations for the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The request, announced today, represents a $32.6 million or 2.9 percent increase over the agency's congressionally enacted FY 2012 budget. http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/april/04_10_2013.html
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze announced today that he has selected three veteran land managers to serve in state director positions in New Mexico, Nevada and California.(BLM News Release) October 2, 2015
The Director’s Protest Resolution Reports analyze each unique or summarized protest issue statement received on each individual BLM Proposed Resource Management Plan to determine whether the State Director followed established procedures, considered relevant information in reaching proposed decisions, and whether the proposed decisions are consistent with the applicable statutes, regulations, and BLM policy.
The following Director’s Protest Resolution Reports are available for online viewing or download.
Pursuant to BLM’s planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.5-2, any person who participated in the planning process for a Proposed Resource Management Plan and who has an interest that is or may be adversely affected by the planning decisions, may protest approval of the planning decisions within 30 days from date the Environmental Protection Agency publishes the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.
This sage-grouse issue is one of these epic land-use battles that last for decades. Many decades. It involves play on the legislative, legal and administrative playing fields. As recreational advocates, we must gird ourselves with patience and a sense of humor. We must work closely with other groups and elected representatives.