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Laws and Regulations 

The BLM manages public lands and subsurface estate under its jurisdiction under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, or FLPMA, which became law in 1976. Despite the rapidly changing environment in which we work, the BLM remains committed to its core mission under FLPMA – a careful balancing of multiple use and sustained yield. Download a copy of FLPMA as amended

Photo montage from the cover of the booklet Federal Land Policy and Management Act

Along with FLPMA, other laws, regulations and internal policies shape the BLM's work. This page has quick links to those laws, regulations and policies for easy reference. 

The Dingell Act consists of more than 100 individual bills and includes provisions impacting public lands nationally, including the permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Every Kid Outdoors Program, and improvements to public land access.
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The BLM has received $161 million under this law for ecosystem restoration and resilience on public lands in 11 western states. This funding will be directed to projects in 21 Restoration Landscapes, with the aim of passing these lands on to the future in better condition than we find them today.
Panorama of the Tilly Creek area in Utah
The Great American Outdoors Act provides major investments to address deferred maintenance needs, increase recreational access to our public lands, and conserve our lands and waters.
a building and courtyard, the Anasazi heritage center in Colorado
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law contains several provisions that fund Interior Department initiatives and benefit the communities we directly serve. For BLM, BIL will help us tackle some major issues, including these: Wildland Fire, Categorical Exclusion for Forest Management, Ecosystem Restoration, Orphaned Well Clean Up, and Clean Energy Technologies on Mine Lands.
A wildlife lookout on public lands


BLM staff member examines a mahogany plant on public lands
BLM range conservationist examines a mahogany near Canon City, Colorado in 1958. BLM Photo

Current and historic photos reflect the BLM’s activities as a Federal land management agency. @mypubliclands FLPMA Flickr album