Socioeconomic Impacts of the BLM
A Sound Investment for America
The BLM's management of public lands contributed more than $130 billion to the national economy in FY 2011. About $126 billion of that impact resulted from mineral development. Timber and grazing activity generated about $2 billion worth of economic activity.
The BLM's management of public lands also supported more than 600,000 American jobs. Most of these jobs were related to energy, timber, grazing, and recreation, which are activities that fall under the BLM's multiple-use mission in managing public lands. In the energy category, jobs included work in minerals, geothermal, wind, solar energy, coal, and oil and gas.
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Related Content Available
A PDF version of data from BLM's 2012 report, “A Sound Investment for America,” is available for download by clicking this link. In addition, the Department of the Interior has an economic report that incorporates economic data on hardrock minerals that are not included in the BLM report. You can also download the BLM's 2011 report by clicking this link. A related video is available by clicking this link.