The Bureau of Land Management

By: Christine, Luke, Spencer, Kaitlin

Purpose

To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Land Management

Reviews and approves permits and licenses from companies to explore, develop, and produce both renewable and non renewable energy on Federal lands. The BLM ensures that proposed projects meet all applicable environmental laws and regulations.

Practices for land use

Criticisms about Practices

Euthanized 28 wild horses in cold creek

Goals

    • The America’s Great Outdoors initiative, which is aimed at enhancing the conservation of BLM-managed lands and resources and reconnecting Americans to the outdoors.
    • The New Energy Frontier, which encourages and facilitates renewable energy development – solar, wind, and geothermal – on the Nation’s public lands.
    • Cooperative Landscape Conservation, a scientific initiative that recognizes the need to better understand the condition of BLM-managed landscapes at a broad level.

Human Interaction Goals

Programs such as the TPL (Teachers on the Public Lands) allows teachers to fully explore BLM public lands, enrich their students with a clearer understanding and appreciation of public lands resources, develop activities that will be used in the classroom during the school year, and have the opportunity to receive graduate and/or continuing education credit. This ensures that students to have a clear understanding and appreciation of the land and its resources.

Sustainable Practices

The BLM undertakes projects to change reliance on fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. Best management practices (BMPs) are state-of-the-art mitigation measures applied to oil and natural gas drilling and production to help ensure that energy development is conducted in an environmentally responsible manner. BMPs protect wildlife, air quality, and landscapes as we work to develop vitally needed domestic energy sources.

The BLM oversees 225 million acres of land

Services are located

In all the Western States except Wyoming, Hawaii, and Alaska

Services Oversight

Not all lands with energy potential are appropriate for development. The BLM reviewsand approves permits and licenses from companies to explore, develop, and produce both renewable and non renewable energy on Federal lands. The BLM ensures that proposed projects meet all applicable environmental laws and regulations. The bureau works with local communities, the states, industry, and other federal agencies in this approval process and has set up four Renewable Energy Coordination Offices and five oil and gas Pilot Offices to facilitate reviews. In addition, The BLM participates in a Cabinet-level working group that is developing a coordinated federal permitting process for siting new transmission projects that would cross public, State and private lands.