BLM Reclamation Policy
- Ensure the uniform application of exploration, development, and reclamation standards.
- Ensure prompt reclamation of lands to productive uses consistent with land management policies.
- Integrate appropriate disciplines in the natural sciences, engineering and design arts in establishing criteria for reclaiming disturbed land, reviewing reclamation plans, and monitoring reclamation activities.
- Identify information needs that can be provided by research and encourage research projects to provide such information.
- Utilize the best available information in developing and reviewing reclamation plans.
Field Office Responsibilities
- Each Field Office shall develop a unique set of reclamation success requirements for both interim and final reclamation.
- Areas posing the most extreme reclamation challenges will be identified as having Limited Reclamation Potential (LRP). These areas are often characterized by highly sensitive and/or erosive soils, extremely sensitive vegetation types, soils with severe physical or chemical limitations, extremely steep slopes, etc.
- During the NEPA process, alternatives to approving development activities in LRP areas should be carefully analyzed. Alternatives considered should include: avoidance and/or unconventional site specific reclamation requirements. Resource development activities approved in these areas may require additional bonding.