Science and the BLM

Scientific and technological information, data and evidence are central to developing sound policies, delivering equitable programs, and continually improving them. For the BLM, this means using science and science-based tools to support decisions about public land uses.

The challenge of managing public lands to sustain their health, diversity and productivity for use and enjoyment by present and future generations unfolds within dynamic socio-ecological systems, rapidly advancing technologies and increasing availability of large datasets, along with a climate crisis that requires action across the Federal Government.

First among this action is listening to the science, whether the decision involves energy development, recreation, livestock grazing, mining, timber harvest or another use of public lands. Using the highest-quality information relevant to the issue or decision being addressed, acknowledging and documenting assumptions and uncertainties, and considering diverse perspectives ensures the integrity and durability of decisions.

The BLM engages other agencies and research organizations in advancing science through partnerships, and Citizen Science initiatives on public lands advance science and public involvement.


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