The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has a long history of collaborating with communities and other partners to help manage almost 261 million acres of public lands. These lands are managed for multiple uses in three broad categories: commercial activities, recreation, and conservation.
The BLM is committed to promoting the stewardship of healthy ecosystems and healthy communities in the present and for future generations. Community-based citizen stewardship begins with people taking care of special places. By involving communities and partners in a collaborative decision making process to manage their landscapes, integrating community and land management issues, the BLM expands its capacity to create innovative solutions and build sustainable partnerships.
The OR/WA BLM endorses partnerships as an effective means of leveraging resources among cooperating organizations, improving working relationships, fostering trust, and recruiting a future workforce. In order to respond to the challenges associated with managing than 15 million acres in Oregon and over 400,000 acres in Washington, the BLM recently developed a Partnership Strategy to more effectively involve communities and leverage resources through the use of partnerships and volunteers.
The strategy focuses on three primary goals:
- Enhance BLM ability to accomplish priority work,
- Develop relationships to seek support of BLM programs, and
- Recruit a diverse workforce.
The cornerstone to achieving these goals is facilitating collaborative efforts throughout the region and supporting community based partnerships at all ten BLM Districts. BLM Partnerships are not another project; they are the way we do business and are integral to future success.
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