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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
 
Release Date: 07/29/10
Contacts: Cindy Wertz    
  (307) 775-6014    

BLM Launches
Social Media to Promote Public Involvement


As part of its ongoing effort to engage the public on issues in more timely and relevant ways, the Bureau of Land Management has entered the realm of social media by establishing a presence on the popular websites Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

BLM Wyoming now has its own Facebook page. To get the latest updates, you may follow BLM Wyoming by clicking on the link on BLM’s web page: www.blm.gov/wy or go to www.facebook.com/BLMWyoming.

"We are excited about using social media to connect with people interested in the management of their public lands," said BLM Director Bob Abbey. "Through such media, the BLM will not only be able to reach more citizens in ‘real time,’ but also generate instant feedback on the myriad issues facing our agency."

Besides the social media accounts set up by the Bureau’s national office in Washington, D.C., more local and subject-specific accounts will be administered by the BLM’s State Offices and various programs throughout the agency. For example, BLM-California, BLM-Colorado, BLM-New Mexico, BLM-Oregon, and BLM-Wyoming have already created Facebook pages, as has the Bureau’s Wild Horse and Burro Program.

Interested parties can begin following the BLM at www.facebook.com/BLMNational and www.twitter.com/BLMNational . A list of our other social media sites can be found at www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/socialmedia.html .

Twitter is a free micro-blogging and social networking service that allows users to send and receive each other’s updates through interactions known as "tweets," while Facebook allows users to share items of interest with their friends via text, photos, and videos.

The BLM has established a YouTube channel to share informational videos more easily with the public. The Bureau’s YouTube page is accessible at www.youtube.com/BLMNational .



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 07-29-2010