Do you want to conduct your own scientific research on the public lands? If so, an array of opportunities await, including in areas such as geology, climate change, paleontology, archaeology, biology, botany, and anthropology. For instance, researchers are discovering new species of dinosaurs; studying best practices for rangeland management; determining butterfly diversity; reintroducing endangered species; examining the dynamics of riparian areas; and so much more.
Encompassing more than 32 million acres across a variety of landscapes, National Conservation Lands comprise a natural scientific laboratory that attracts scientists from around the world. Several land units have been designated by Congress or the president due to their varied scientific objects and values of interest. The BLM also supports scientific opportunities through Science Centers, Research Natural Areas, and Adaptive Management Areas.
Many scientific research projects are conducted through partnerships with scientists and scientific organizations, including universities, government agencies, tribes, special-focus groups, and non-governmental organizations. If your organization is a member of a Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit or CESU network, it might be even easier for you to partner with us. Learn more about the CESU network.
The BLM can help scientists find the best opportunities to do their research. For example, if a scientist wants to study butterflies, BLM land managers can help identify the best locations on public lands based on the needs of the study. For more information and to determine if any special permissions are required, please contact the local BLM Field Manager to discuss your proposed research. You can find a directory of BLM field offices here.