As steward for much of America’s public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages some of the nation’s most historic and scenic landscapes, as well as vast natural resources. These lands encompass 10 percent of the nation’s surface and approximately one-third of its subsurface mineral resources. The BLM’s Congressionally mandated multiple-use mission directs that public lands be managed sustainably for a variety of uses ranging from conventional and renewable energy, livestock grazing, mining, wildlife conservation, and watershed protection to hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation.
In fiscal year 2019, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported nearly 498,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.