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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
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Release Date: 01/14/13
Contacts: Jeff Krauss (202) 912-7410    
  Cynthia Moses-Nedd (202) 912-7446    

BLM and Western States Land Commissioners Association Renew Commitment to Partnership


WASHINGTON, DC – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Western States Land Commissioners Association (WSLCA) have renewed their longstanding partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that  provides the next step in recognizing the importance of landscape-level approaches to land and resources management across state and federal boundaries.

BLM Acting Director Mike Pool said, “The BLM values the longstanding relationship we have enjoyed with WSLCA.  This MOU helps to guide our path forward on common issues, enhances communication and strengthens the partnership so that we can work toward accomplishing the mutual goals of BLM and WSLCA.”

WSLCA President Jarrod Johnson said renewing the agreement will lead to better stewardship of lands important to all.

“As the nation’s second largest managers of lands in the United States, the Western States Land Commissioners look forward to working with the Bureau to coordinate our management efforts, resolve land tenure issues, and successfully perform our fiduciary responsibilities to fund public education in our 23 member states.” Johnson said.  “The agreement with the Bureau lays the groundwork for better communication, better management of millions of acres of lands, and the fulfillment of our separate management mandates.”

With a goal of advancing the long-range management objectives of both organizations by resolving outstanding state indemnity selections and identifying and prioritizing state-federal land exchanges and other realty actions, the MOU enables the BLM and WSLCA to work together in broader, more creative ways. 

The BLM and WSLCA will have an opportunity to exhibit the tenets of collaboration in the MOU at WSLCA’s upcoming Winter Conference in Oklahoma City, Jan. 13-17.  BLM Assistant Director for Minerals and Realty Management, Mike Nedd, will represent the agency at that meeting.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of 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 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 01-14-2013