Public Room - What We Do
In western Oregon, BLM manages two million acres of forest in a checkerboard ownership pattern. These forests provide important habitat for many threatened and endangered fish and wildlife species and are considered some of the most productive forests in the world.
The 14 million acres of public land found in eastern Oregon is characterized by large swaths of basin and range topography. These dramatic, semi-arid landscapes provide a wide variety of recreation and commercial opportunities while also proving habitat for a diverse array of fish and wildlife species.
In Washington, BLM lands are found predominantly east of the Cascade Mountain Range but can be visited as far west as the San Juan Islands. Habitats include the maritime Puget Sound lowlands, the central Columbia Basin sagebrush regime, many riparian zones, and the coniferous forest and sub-alpine areas of northeast Washington.
The BLM compiles and maintains a vast amount of information about public lands. Records span a period of time from the 1785 Land Ordinance right up to present-day transactions. The statistics give an in-depth look at federal lands: who administers them, where they are, how they are used, how funds are generated and used, what plants and animals live there, what affect wildfire and prescribed fire has, and more.
BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Oregon and Washington, BLM provides innovative leadership in managing natural resources of the Pacific Northwest.
We are committed to functioning with technical excellence, fiscal responsibility, and human sensitivity in fulfilling the following objectives:
- Instilling a stewardship ethic for conservation and prudent use of the land and its resources;
- Promoting public partnerships and global policies which sustain health and diversity of the ecosystems;
- Fostering social and economic responsibility in the use and management of lands and resources;
- Making a positive difference with our natural and human resources; and
- Creating a diverse workforce, which contributes to individual growth while serving our mission.