U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
The BLM interpretive program reaches out to dispersed visitors across diverse landscapes and serves visitors who are exploring many facets of the public lands. Many of these efforts are accomplished in partnership with other land management agencies, and involve local communities. Interpretive programs at BLM’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (Utah); Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument (California); and Anasazi Heritage Center (Colorado) are places where this is occurring. Other examples of BLM interpretive programs include the following:
By partnering with other organizations and government agencies, BLM shares costs and more effectively delivers interpretive products and services to the public. Following are two such examples:
National Association for Interpretation (NAI) – BLM works closely with the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), the primary professional organization for interpreters. BLM, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), has entered into a formal partnership with NAI to support both their interpreter training program and the production of training materials. Under this MOU, both the BLM and U.S. Forest Service incorporate the NAI certification program into their staff interpretive training.
Association for Partners of Public Lands (APPL) – BLM also works closely with the Association for Partners of Public Lands (APPL). APPL is the umbrella group for non-profit interpretive associations that are established to support government agencies’ interpretive and educational programs. APPL member associations cooperate with Federal agencies, including BLM, under formal, signed agreements to provide interpretive programs, services and materials to interpretive center and recreation area visitors. These interpretive associations sell books, brochures and other educational interpretive materials in BLM visitor centers in support of the BLM interpretive program. BLM has an agreement with APPL for them to train BLM staff on how to participate effectively in interpretation partnership programs.
For information on other BLM Recreation Partnerships, click here.
Follow this link to view a list of BLM interpretive and visitor centers.
Specific policy guidance for BLM’s interpretive program is primarily contained in two recreation and visitor services strategy documents. Follow this link for information and links to Intepretation Program guidance documents.