U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
EMS TRANSMISSION 01/18/2007
Instruction Memorandum No. 2007-041
To: All Field Office Officials
Attn: Outdoor Recreation Planners, Lands and Realty Specialists,
Environmental and Community Planners
From: Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject: Federal Lands Hunting, Fishing and Shooting Sports Roundtable Memorandum of Understanding
Program Areas: Recreation/Visitor Services/Public Purposes Leases/Land Use Planning and Partnerships.
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to transmit the Federal lands Hunting, Fishing and Shooting Sports Roundtable Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of the Interior (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (FS) and 40 Private Organizations. The purpose of this MOU is to enhance public access to Federal lands and to improve opportunities on Federal lands to fish, hunt, and engage in shooting sports activities in a safe and environmentally sound manner for the purpose of promoting marksmanship, public safety, hunter education, competition, lawful hunting, and public demonstrations.
Policy/Action: The attached MOU will be implemented to develop and expand a framework for a cooperative working relationship between the federal agencies and the 40 private organizations. This MOU will assist the BLM with planning and accomplishing mutually beneficial goals and projects in support of promoting a quality visitor experience, including access and a diversity of recreation opportunities within BLM-managed public lands at the national, regional, and local level.
The BLM will work collectively under the leadership of the Division of Recreation and Visitor Services WO-250, Division of Fish, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (WO-230), Division of Planning and Science Policy (WO-210), Division of Lands and Realty and Cadastral Survey WO-350), and Office of National Landscape Conservation System to fulfill the objectives of this MOU. The BLM representative for this MOU is the Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning. A WO-250 representative will serve as an assistant to the AD for the purpose of communication and coordination with the Shooting Sports Roundtable working group, the private organizations and the Field.
As part of the implementation of the MOU the BLM’s State, District and Field Offices should please add the 40 Private Organizations participating in this MOU to your public mailing lists and notify these organizations when land use plans, activity plans and/or travel management plans are to be developed, revised, or amended. The private organizations have included, in the MOU, e-mail addresses and other contact information to facilitate communications. In addition, BLM Offices should coordinate with either the National and/or local chapters and affiliates of the private organizations when addressing public land access issues including closures, target/shooting range enhancements, fishing opportunities, shooting sports management activities, related volunteer opportunities, and public education programs. These private organizations posses a wealth of knowledge and experience related to conservation actions, administrative studies and education programs in support of hunting, fishing and shooting sport recreational activities. Please visit their websites to learn more about these private organizations and for more information about how they can assist you with achieving your resource management goals.
The BLM’s State and Field Offices should also notify the WO-250 Division Chief of potential controversial public land access issues that may affect hunting, fishing, and shooting sports activities, especially proposed public land closures. In addition please advise us of potential cooperative partnership projects for discussion at the Shooting Sports Roundtable Meetings.
Time Frame: This MOU was effective upon signature of all parties.
Budget Impact: There is minimal impact to the budget.
Background: This MOU is a result of continued interest by the Congressional Sportsman Foundation, the participating private organizations, and trade associations to enhance access to Federal lands for hunters, anglers and shooting sport recreational activities.
Manual/handbooks Affected: None
Coordination: This IM was coordinated with the Renewable Resources and Planning Directorate, WO-170, WO-350, and the Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor.
Contact: If you have any questions concerning this IM, please contact Bob Ratcliffe, Recreation and Visitor Services Division Chief, WO-250 phone (202) 452-5040; or Mark Goldbach, Senior Recreation Specialist, phone (202) 452-5176.