A scientist studying part of the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM

Science in the BLM

The BLM has a strong tradition of integrating science into decision-making.  We respond to changing ecological and sociological conditions by applying science and science-based tools to support the BLM’s mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

In an era of climate change, landscape-scale planning, large datasets, rapidly advancing technologies, increased public involvement, and diverse legal challenges, using sound science is increasingly essential for successful public land management.  When considered along with legal and policy requirements, professional expertise, and public opinion, science helps the BLM make decisions about public land uses such as grazing, energy development, mining, timber harvest, and recreation, among others.

Learn more about how we use science in our work and how you can get involved through partnerships and citizen science initiatives.

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