BMP Technical Information

""Best Management Practices should be matched and adapted to meet the site-specific requirements of the project and local environment. The following slideshows provide a more detailed look at a menu of possible oil and natural gas development BMPs. These slideshows are only a starting point and are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of BMPs.

Best Management Practices Slide Shows

Introduction to BMPs PDFPowerPoint
Air Resource BMPs (Updated May 2011)PDFPowerPoint
Operations BMPsPDFPowerPoint
Visual Resource Management BMPs  

     Part One: Introduction


     Part Two: Proper Site Selection


     Part Three: Reduce Unnecessary Disturbance


     Part Four: Choice of Color


     Part Five: Final Reclamation

Wildlife BMPs (updated February 2013)PDFPowerPoint

Additional Technical Information

Technical Information Sheets (Specific and Detailed BMP Guidance)
PDF | Powerpoint

New BLM and USDA Forest Service Oil and Gas "Gold Book" (Operators Guide)


Arkansas - Shale Gas BMPs (.pdf)

Forest Service Low-Volume Roads Engineering BMP Field Guide

Forest Service Water-Road Interaction Technology Series

EPA's Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control BMP Fact Sheets

"Visual Resource Management BMPs for Fluid Minerals"
(Self-Study Course)

  • View the course in streaming video:  Select this link
  • Download the Field Reference Guide (PDF)

    New Color Charts Are Available!
    To obtain a supplemental environmental color chart, please contact:
John McCarty - Chief Landscape Architect
Bureau of Land Management
1849 C Street NW, Rm. 5665
Washington DC 20240 (M St)
P: (202) 912 7284
F: (303) 236-0845

BMP Policy Instruction Memorandum (November 8, 2006)  

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Best Management Practices Field Guide
by Gordon Keller & James Sherar
USDA Forest Service/USAID

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Foreword - Acknowledgements, Preface, Table of Contents, Definition of Terms 
Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Environmental Analysis
Chapter 3 - Planning Issues and Special Applications
Chapter 4 - Low-Volume Roads Engineering
Chapter 5 - Hydrology for Drainage Crossing Design
Chapter 6 - Tools for Hydraulic and Road Design
Chapter 7 - Drainage of Low-Volume Roads
Chapter 8 - Culvert Use, Installation, and Sizing
Chapter 9 - Fords and Low-Water Crossings
Chapter 10 - Bridges
Chapter 11 - Slope Stabilization and Stability of Cuts and Fills
Chapter 12 - Roadway Materials and Material Sources
Chapter 13 - Erosion Control
Chapter 14 - Stabilization of Gullies
Selected References