A landscape photo of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument-Paria Canyon Wilderness, Arizona, photo by Bob Wick, BLM

Who We Are, What We Do

Our Mission

The Bureau of Land Management's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Managing Our Public Lands Together

Today’s Bureau of Land Management is a small agency with a big and complex job.  Congress has directed that we administer the nation’s public lands in a way that both protects and conserves natural resources for future generations. It requires us to carefully manage for a variety of uses on these lands.  This type of management is called multiple-use and sustained yield.

As part of our work, we determine the best combination of uses for public lands based on good science and input from the public both in local communities and across the country.  Working with the public and forging new partnerships helps ensure that the nation’s public lands are managed and conserved for the good of the country and future generations.

The wide variety of values and activities we manage for include renewable energy production, mineral extraction, oil and gas leasing and development, timber harvesting, and grazing, as well as wildlife habitat, recreation, wild horses and burros, wilderness, scenic, historic and cultural resources .  Our nation’s public lands are one of America’s greatest assets – both economically and environmentally.   

Image from BLM's infographic about our multiple use mission.

Download the BLM's infographic about our mission and activities throughout the country.