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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Did you know?

The BLM in Oregon and Washington administers approximately 14 million acres of rangelands.
Much of the BLM-administered rangelands are grazed by livestock under a system of permits and leases for which ranchers pay annually-adjusted grazing fees.
The BLM manages "treasured landscapes" as part of the National Conservation Lands program.
The BLM manages wild horses and burros on public rangelands as mandated by the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
The BLM manages wild horses on 17 Herd Management Areas (HMA) in southeast Oregon? Oregon's wild horse herd numbers increase annually by twenty percent on the average. And in 2007, the wild horse population in Oregon and Washington was estimated at 2,925 animals.
Many different kinds of fossils can be found on BLM-managed public lands in Oregon and Washington – and that some are world-class in terms of their scientific importance.
The BLM manages one National Monument in Oregon that covers a whopping 53,000 acres? The Cascade Siskiyou National Monument in southwestern Oregon lies at the crossroads of the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou mountain ranges. And to learn more about this special place that scientists have long recognized for its outstanding ecological values and remarkable biological diversity visit the BLM's monuments webpage.
Hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and boating are just some of the many activities you and your family can enjoy on public lands.
The BLM is responsible for managing portions of 38 Wild and Scenic Rivers in Oregon and Washington that cover a combined total of over 2,000 miles? Wild and Scenic Rivers are designated under the authority of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 to protect outstanding scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other standards as well as to preserve these rivers in their free-flowing condition.
The BLM offers a variety of visitor centers, interpretive trails, scenic byways, and educational programs to help you discover our national heritage.
The Oregon/Washington BLM worked with over 1,000 volunteers in 2007 who provided more than 217,000 hours with an approximate value of over four million dollars.
The BLM in Oregon has 50 developed campgrounds with over 700 units for camping.
In 2007, the BLM Prineville District alone reported over one and a half million recreation visits.
The BLM minerals and energy resource management programs are responsible for approximately 56 million acres of Federal minerals in both Oregon and Washington.
There are currently more than 650 Federal oil and gas leases encompassing nearly one million acres in Washington and Oregon.
There are over 9,000 mining claims in Oregon and Washington? Of these, a total of 1,134 were recorded in 2007 alone
The BLM has over two billion (yes, billion!) land records nation-wide? One of the most important services the BLM provides as caretaker of the nation's land survey and mineral information records. These records originate with the founding of our nation. Congress created the General Land Office (GLO) in 1812 to handle the increasing land business from the rapid westward expansion. The GLO was given the responsibility to maintain land and mineral records.
The BLM has acquired almost 3,500 acres of land throughout Oregon and Washington since 2006.
The BLM has nearly 450 land leases in Oregon and Washington totaling over 85,000 acres. The BLM leases land for airports, recreation, public purposes, and communications sites.
The BLM is the only Federal agency authorized to determine the boundaries of the public lands. It's true! Cadastral surveys are performed to create, mark and define, or retrace the boundaries between adjoining lands to include those of the Federal government and private owners or local governments. In 2007 alone, the BLM conducted surveys on over 300 miles of land.
In 2007, the BLM issued 50 oil and gas leases covering nearly 50,000 acres. The BLM conducts oil and gas and geothermal lease sales in addition to issuing fluid, coal, and solid minerals leases and permits.
The BLM in Oregon and Washington has a geothermal program. In 2007, four leases were issued covering 2,510 acres. The Geothermal Steam Act of 1970 provides the Secretary of the Interior with the authority to lease public lands and other federal lands, including National Forest lands, for geothermal exploration and development in an environmentally sound manner.
The BLM has a library of online planning documents going back to the early 1990s. We sure do! You can search for information on timber sales, fuels projects, wild horse planning documents, lands and realty actions, and minerals decisions using our online planning database.
The BLM's oil and gas lease sales generated nearly $6 million in bonus bids and first-year rentals.
Since 2006, almost 19,000 acres of land have come to the BLM in Oregon and Washington by way of acquisitions, exchanges, and donations.
Since 2007, the BLM has worked on processing nearly 20,000 acres in withdrawals. What's a withdrawal, you ask? A withdrawal is an action which restricts the disposition of public lands and holds them for or dedicates them to specific public purposes – such as recreation sites, national parks, reclamation projects, wilderness areas, power site reserves, military reservations, administrative sites, and more.
You can view the original survey notes on land in the Northwest and that the BLM provides an online "Do It Yourself" guide to help you?
Oregon and Washington are premiere shoot locations for commercials and movies. Particular laws do apply to recording imagery for commercial use.
You can download amazing photographs of people and public land resources across the country FOR FREE? Simply right click on the images you like and choose "Save Picture As" to get your own copy from our photo database
The BLM purchases goods and services from local people and companies.
People in your community help shape the land use policies of the BLM and the U.S. Forest Service through local advisory groups? See where they are and learn more about how you can get involved.
The broad array of BLM activities is reflected in our workforce. See the many diverse and exciting careers opportunities at the BLM – and how to apply if you're interested.
You don't have to be a lawyer to review the laws that apply to the BLM.
It's easy to find out the latest news from the BLM by having the news delivered directly to you. You won't even have to tip the paper carrier! Just select which topics you want to hear about and subscribe to the applicable RSS feeds.
A rich treasure of knowledge can be found on our homepage at the FAQ Section.
People in western Oregon can help decide where to invest their county funds to restore watersheds and benefit other resources. The projects selected by these advisory groups can also provide jobs and other benefits to rural residents.
The BLM hires seasonal help for wildland firefighting as well as many other jobs in the great outdoors. There’s also a program specifically set up for students!
You can ask questions or give us your ideas about the BLM's work in the Northwest on our feedback page.
The BLM is working hard to make abandoned mine lands safer for both visitors and the environment.
You can get the latest information on what the BLM is doing as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.