U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation|
The BLM Fisheries Program
What We Manage
The BLM manages the Nation’s most ecologically diverse range of aquatic habitat, totaling more than 132,000 miles of fish bearing streams and rivers, over three million acres of lake and reservoir habitat and countless wetlands. From isolated desert springs to Alaska’s North Slope tributaries, BLM aquatic resources support public recreation and subsistence fisheries that sustain Native American cultural heritages and are critical for sustaining the Nation’s native aquatic biodiversity and sport fishing heritages including nationally significant recreational and blue ribbon fisheries such as Gunnison Gorge in Colorado, Lake Havasu in Arizona/California and the Rogue River in Oregon.
The BLM Fisheries Program is responsible for providing support to all vertebrate and invertebrate organisms dependent upon BLM managed aquatic habitat. In close partnership with other federal, state, and non-governmental organizations, we implement an aggressive aquatic habitat conservation, restoration and sport fishing program.
BLM public lands support hundreds of game, non-game, Bureau-sensitive, and threatened and endangered fish and other aquatic-dependent species and their habitats (such as fish, amphibians, mollusks, and macroinvertebrates). These include 127 federally-listed threatened or endangered aquatic species and 155 BLM sensitive species.
What We Do
The Fisheries Program focuses on native species conservation, aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability in collaboration with our private, federal, state and NGO partners. We do this through active and passive habitat restoration, restoring aquatic organism passage, addressing aquatic invasive species, an active research and monitoring program, and through education and outreach activities such as youth, family and veteran initiatives with local communities.
The Fisheries Program also provides critical internal support for other BLM and DOI programs and initiatives, such as energy development, riparian, threatened and endangered species, climate change, invasive species, wildlife, and healthy lands, which all require high quality BLM aquatic lands and associated ecosystems for sustainability.
The BLM Fisheries Program works to:
Note: Case Studies provided in these links represent only a few of the thousands of on-the-ground projects conducted by BLM and its partners each year. For more information on field-level work, go to www.blm.gov , find the map and click on the state you are interested in. That will take you to the BLM State and Field Office websites.
Research and Monitoring
In order to make well informed decisions, the BLM must have accurate information on the conditions and trends of BLM’s aquatic resources. Thus, monitoring fish and invertebrate populations, fish habitat, stream conditions, and other environmental features is very important.
The BLM Fisheries Program depends heavily upon a multitude of conservation partnerships, ranging from the grass-roots to the national level. The Fisheries Program is proud to collaborate with recreational users, private groups, local communities, government agencies, and other people interested in BLM’s aquatic landscapes to serve in the process of aquatic habitat conservation.