U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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The Purpose of Planning
The primary method BLM uses to establish the balance between land use and resource protection is land use planning. Firmly established in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), planning is designed to project present and future land uses and identify management practices needed to achieve desired conditions. Planning provides BLM with the opportunity to collaborate with other agencies, Tribes, and State and local governments, and many customers and stakeholders to develop a common vision for how the public lands should be used and protected and how various land use allocation issues should be resolved.
Land Use Plans are used by managers and the public to accomplish the following:
BLM’s land use plans are developed using an interdisciplinary approach that considers competing values and uses and weighs long and short-term benefits. The land use plans establish management direction for areas that typically contain from 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 acres of public land. Developed with extensive public involvement, land use plans are prepared in conjunction with an analysis of environmental impacts to increase public understanding of the decision-making process and disclose the consequences of plan decisions.
Resource management issues are more complex, more sensitive, and in many ways more important than ever, yet BLM’s mission essentially remains the same: to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
The principles guiding BLM land use planning efforts have been outlined by Congress in Section 202 of the Federal Land Policy Management Act. They are as follows: