About Eastern States

The Bureau of Land Management's Eastern States became an official State Office on April 8, 1980, with responsibilities for managing the public lands and resources in the 31 states that are contiguous and east of the Mississippi River. Through the leadership of its State Directors during our history, Eastern States has conducted its programs with a clear mission in mind - responsible stewardship of the public treasures entrusted to our care.

In the Eastern States, we manage for eight program areas: Cadastral Survey, General Land Office Records, Wild Horse and Burro Adoptions and Compliance, Energy and Minerals, Lands and Realty, Natural Resources, Wildland Fire Management, and National Conservation Lands.

The Eastern States organization includes the State Office in Washington, D.C., two District Offices, and the Division of Solid Minerals, Rolla, Missouri. The Lower Potomac Field Station is located in northern Virginia, and several smaller project offices are located throughout the eastern United States.

The Northeastern States District, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is responsible for 20 northern states: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. It also includes the Division of Solid Minerals  office located in Rolla, Missouri. The Lower Potomac River Field Station manages acquired lands in the greater national capital metropolitan area, which include the Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area, and Douglas Point, Maryland.

The Southeastern States District, Jackson, Mississippi, is responsible for 11 southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.