U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
http://www.blm.gov
April 9, 2009
 
In Reply Refer To:
3160 (310) & 6500 (230) P 
 
EMS TRANSMISSION 05/07/2009
Information Bulletin No. 2009-072
 
To:                  State and Field Offices in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, and Utah
 
From:               Director
 
Subject:           Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Forest Service, the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), and Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) to help address conflicts between energy development and wildlife resource values. The goal of this MOU is to improve the cooperative conservation of fish and wildlife resource management by facilitating communications and enhancing success in resolving issues related to energy development and its effect on fish and wildlife habitat in the western U.S.  A copy of this MOU is included as an attachment.
 
The MOU establishes an “energy liaison” who will conduct a 2-year pilot project that involves identifying the collective interests and responsibilities of the state fish and wildlife agencies, Federal land management/permitting agencies, and the energy industry.  Tasks completed by the energy liaison will be used to identify opportunities for partnership in conservation of fish and wildlife habitat while facilitating development of domestic energy resources. As part of this effort, the liaison will visit various state offices to gather information related to the agency’s mineral and fish and wildlife resource management programs and processes.
 
I encourage you to take advantage of this MOU by assisting the energy liaison in his efforts to understand the agency’s approach to managing the resources with which it is entrusted. It is our hope this project will contribute to improving interagency coordination and consistency in conservation of fish and wildlife species and habitat during energy development. 
 
 
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Bob M. Anderson, Acting Assistant Director, Minerals and Realty Management at 202-208-4201 or Ed Roberson, Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning, at 202-208-4896.
 
 
Signed by:                                                                 Authenticated by:
Mike Pool                                                                   Robert M. Williams
Acting, Director                                                          Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
 
 
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Last updated: 10-21-2009