Protect lands with important resource values and/or significant levels of investment by withdrawing them from the operation of public land and mineral laws. Withdrawal is necessary to avoid irreparable damage that may be caused by nondiscretionary activities.
Land Use Allocations
A summary of BLM-proposed withdrawals is as follows:
See Management of Newly Acquired Lands (toward the end of this section).
Complete the review of existing withdrawals to determine whether continuation of the withdrawal is consistent with the statutory objectives of the programs for which the lands were dedicated and with other important programs.
Terminate unnecessary or duplicative withdrawals and continue those that still meet the intent of the withdrawal. See Appendix J.
Initiate action on the BLM-proposed withdrawals listed under land use allocations. This will involve recommendations to, and approval by, the Secretary of the Interior.
Evaluate future withdrawal proposals for compliance with program objectives and federal law, and recommend appropriate action to the Secretary of the Interior.
Limit withdrawals to the minimum area needed and restrict only those activities that would be detrimental to the purposes of the withdrawal.
Prior to any management activity on withdrawn land returned to BLM by termination or revocation, conduct required resource surveys and complete all required planning and environmental assessment work.