U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM California Virtual Visitor: Eastern States
Introduction and highlights of BLM in other states
Welcome to the second installment of this occasional feature in News.Bytes, created to mark the 60th anniversary of BLM's creation as a national agency. In California, there are 15.2 million acres of BLM public lands for you to use, share, and appreciate. Nationwide, BLM is responsible for 261.8 million acres, mostly in the 12 western States, including Alaska, and for 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate. Over the next few months, we will feature another BLM state (or in some cases, a group of states), providing you with a sampling of a particular office's specialties and areas of concentration, and links to more information.
In this issue: "Eastern States: Guardians of the Past, and Stewards for the Future" (Please note: most of the links below will take you to BLM Eastern States' website.)
BLM's Eastern States Region encompasses the 31 states east of the Mississippi River. The Eastern States Region manages 40 million acres of subsurface land (such as minerals, oil, gas, coal) and 30,000 acres of surface public lands.
BLM California thanks Eastern States State Director Mike Nedd and External Affairs Chief Terry Lewis for their support with this new feature.
One area of focus for the Eastern States Region, is keeping records from the General Land Office. Their website was selected by Family Tree Magazine as one of best website for "roots resources." The Land Office records include more than 9 million historic land documents (survey plats, field notes, homestead patents, military warrants and railroad grants). As the successor agency to the General Land Office, BLM maintains most of the related records from 1788 to the present day. It is an invaluable resource for historians, title companies, natural resource agencies, and for people researching genealogy.Survey plats are a recent addition to this site. Survey plats were the official survey documentation used when land title was transferred (via a Land Patent) from the Federal government to individuals. The drawings were created to represent survey lines, boundaries, descriptions, parcels and subdivisions. They are critical historic documents that can be used to help researchers locate the land referenced in a land patent's legal land description (i.e. Meridian, Township, Range, and Section/Block).
Eastern States also works in many other areas:
Eastern States' Division of Resources Planning and Protection is charged with managing Federal mineral ownership in the 31 states adjoining or east of the Mississippi River. Eastern States administers approximately 30,000 acres of widely-scattered Federal surface and 39 million acres of federally-owned minerals, which are located under land administrated by other Federal Agencies or owned by the states or private individuals.
Wild horses and burros:
Alabama, Michigan, South Carolina, Michigan - Eastern States will hold wild horse and burro adoptions in all of these states in upcoming months. See the adoption schedule through summer of 2007.
Below are several questions regarding public lands administered by the Eastern States. You can find a link to the answers at the bottom of this page -- or follow the links to pages on the Eastern States website that contain the answers plus related information.
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