U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
April 12, 2013
In Reply Refer To:
6500 (230) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 05/02/2013
Instruction Memorandum No. 2013-119
To: All Washington Office and Field Office Officials
From: Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject: Review of the Bureau of Land Management Strategic Plan for Migratory Bird Conservation DD: 05/20/2013
Program Areas: All Programs
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) requests comments on the draft Strategic Plan for Migratory Bird Conservation (Attachment 1), which proposes a series of goals and actions to implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to strengthen migratory bird conservation through strategies that promote conservation and avoid adverse impacts to migratory birds at the BLM. The MOU, signed April 12, 2010 (Appendix A), required by Executive Order 13186, agreed with the FWS that the BLM shall develop and implement a strategic plan to facilitate implementation of the MOU.
Policy/Action: The BLM managers and staff at state offices, field offices, centers, and the Washington Office (WO) are requested to provide comments on the clarity and appropriateness of the attached Strategic Plan. Each BLM WO division and state office should submit one set of consolidated comments through the Deputy State Director – Resources (or equivalent) using the attached comment form.
Timeframe: Please consolidate by state office, center, and division and submit all comments by May 20, 2013, to Geoff Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org, and copy Jim Ramakka at email@example.com.
Budget Impact: Minimal.
Background: This Strategic Plan, for the five years after approval, will guide the BLM in treatment of migratory birds in partnership with the FWS, and other parties under the BLM’s multiple use mandate. The plan development was assisted through input from the BLM team members in all states. The BLM, in a mostly informal unstructured matter, has addressed migratory birds in most states and field offices. Creating a structured approach, as in this Strategic Plan, provides for consistency, addresses unfulfilled needs in training, conservation and outreach, and better identifies opportunity to recognize existing efforts.
The Strategic Plan has ten sections referred to as emphasis areas:
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: The document has been reviewed by BLM WO Division of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (WO-230) staff; the WO-200 Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning, has been briefed on the Strategic Plan. The WO-300 staff has been briefed on the Strategic Plan. Field personnel from every BLM State have participated in drafting this Strategic Plan. The FWS (Division of Bird Conservation) and other partner agency personnel have been informally briefed on the contents and intent of this Strategic Plan.
Contact: Geoff Walsh, Wildlife Biologist (WO-230), (202) 912-7271; Dwight Fielder, Chief of the Division of Fish and Wildlife Conservation (WO-230).
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Edwin L. Roberson Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning