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Abandoned Mine Lands

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Air Quality (last half of webpage)

FOIA requests


General - "commonly used throughout the Bureau"


Planning documents:


Soil (27 pages!)

Transmission Lines (EIS/EIR)

Wild and Scenic Rivers


Desert Fishes Council
The mission of the Desert Fishes Council (DFC) is to preserve the biological integrity of desert aquatic ecosystems and their associated life forms, to hold symposia to report related research and management endeavors, and to effect rapid dissemination of information concerning activities of the Council and its members.

TNHC (Texas Natural History Collection) - North American Freshwater Fishes Index - Images, Maps, and Information
This list is comprised of the entire list of North American Freshwater Fishes of Mayden, R.L. et al. 1992 (with footnotes) plus additional taxa listed by Williams, J.E. et al. (1989). Scientific and common names follow Mayden et al., except for some (mostly subspecies) found only in Williams et al. Only native North American freshwater species are included here. Species described subsequent to Mayden et al. 1992 will be added as we obtain images or other information. For information on exotics see the NBS Nonindigenous Fish Database.


About the Avian Literature Database
The Avian Literature Database is a bibliographic database of documents on the effects of wind energy development and towers, power lines and other wires, on birds. The effects on birds include mortality factors such as collision and electrocution and impacts on nesting, foraging, roosting/loafing and other forms of bird disturbances

Migratory Birds
FLAP - Fatal Light Awareness Program Mission Statements: Working to preserve the Lives Of Migratory Birds In Urban Areas

North American Cowbird Advisory Council | Introduction
1) a central source of information (bibliography) on cowbird ecology and management, (2) information on effective means of cowbird control...

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AM is responsible for Interior's aviation safety program.  Through this leadership, AM provides centralized technical and administrative services to all Interior organizations and, through individual agreements, to other federal and state entities.


BLM Administrative Jurisdiction Maps

BLM Cadastral Survey Records System


BLM National Home Page

BLM Offices

BLM PMDS (Printed Materials Distribution Section)

BLM Washington Office Register of Active National Level MOUs

Colorado Cadastral History photos

Directives (IMs and IBs)/Manuals/Handbooks

General Land Office Records
We provide live database access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States. Image access is provided to more than two million Federal land title records for Eastern Public Land States, issued between 1820 and 1908. Images of Serial patents, issued between 1908 and the mid-1960's are currently being added to this web site. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this web site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the listed states.

The GeoCommunicator is a land management and land records community-based portal of the Geography Network focused on communication, data, and activities of interest to anyone involved in or interested in the management of lands within the United States.

IBLA - Interior Board of Land Appeals
Volumes 125-168 (December 10, 1992 - present)

Information Resource Management Directive
Some of the material contained on this page. Washington Instruction Memoranda, Washington Information Bulletins, Director's Office Instruction Memoranda, Director's Office Information Bulletins, NIRMC Directives, BLM Manuals, BLM Handbooks, and DOI IRM Bulletins.

National Riparian Service Team
Contains riparian and wetlands information. training materials, reference materials, and case studies.

Planning and NEPA Library
The purpose of the Library is to provide a location where BLM employees can quickly and easily find Planning & NEPA related reference materials and examples of work products.

Public Land Orders
Public Land
Orders (PLO's) implement the authority granted to the Secretary of the Interior by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to make, modify, extend, or revoke land withdrawals.

Public Lands Foundation
The Public Land Foundation (PLF) is dedicated to the ecological stability of the public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). PLF is a national non-profit, all volunteer membership organization.

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Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI)
One of the world's major sources of information in all areas of science, technology, engineering and medicine.


Contaminant Exposure and Effects--Terrestrial Vertebrates Database (CEETV)  A compilation of exotoxicological data derived from published literature, other databases, and unpublished reports.  This database can be searched by species, collection date, site coordinates, estuary name, sample matrix, contaminant concentrations, biomarker and bioindicator responses, and reference source.  This database contains over 17,000 records with exposure and effects information on 250,000 individuals representing more than 450 species residing in Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coast estuaries, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Great Lakes.

Environmental Contaminants Encyclopedia National Park Service, Water Resources Divisions.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Environmental Contaminants national website including pesticides, amphibian declines and deformities, habitat restoration, and "superfund" site and oil spill cleanups.


American Library Association's COPYRIGHT ADVISORY NETWORK

Welcome to the Copyright Advisory Network, a service provided by the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Are you a librarian with copyright problems? Ask them here, and get answers from our team of copyright experts!

Questions and Answers: copyright and fair use

Library of Congress
Copyright and Other Restrictions Which Apply to Publication and Other Forms of Distribution of Images: Sources for Information  

Library of Congress Copyright Internet Resources
The links to other resources are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. The Copyright Office bears NO responsibility for the quality of information provided through other sites and computer systems. Providing a link to these other sites should not be construed as an endorsement or approval by the Copyright Office of these organizations or of the positions they may take on various issues.

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AM is responsible for Interior's aviation safety program.  Through this leadership, AM provides centralized technical and administrative services to all Interior organizations and, through individual agreements, to other federal and state entities.


Code of Federal Regulation

Code of Federal Regulation, List of Sections Affected
Provides information on superseded/amended CFR sections

Comptroller General
Contains decisions made by the Comptroller General in the areas of Federal law such as: appropriations; bid protests; civilian or military personnel pay and allowances; household goods and freight loss damage; transportation rates etc.

Congressional Directory

Copyright Law is an informative Web site devoted to Canadian, U.S. and international copyright law, digital licensing, e-commerce, digital property and Web related legal issues.

    Supreme Court decisions:  1990 to Present (Cornell Law School) 

    Supreme Court of the United States

    Federal Legal Information:  FLITE--Supreme Court decisions 1937-1975.

    Washburn University Law--Provides access to U.S. Circuit Court decisions
    and other legal information.

    Federal Judiciary--Provides access to Supreme  Court, Circuit, District 
    Courts and other Courts.

Department of Justice---U. S. Department of Justice

DOI (Department of the Interior) Library (Provides links to Code of Federal Regulations, Supreme Court Decisions, District Court decisions, IBLA citations.....

ELIPS:  Electronic Library of Interior Policies
Provide links to Active Interior Bulletins and Memoranda and archival Departmental   Manual and Secretary's Orders.

Executive Orders

Federal Register

Findlaw--General legal website providing links to Code of Federal Regulations, State laws, how to find a lawyer,

US Government’s Official Web Portal

GPO Access U. S. Government Print Office
Provides links to Legislative, Executive, Judicial, Regulatory documents and Administrative Decisions.

GAO Comptroller Decisions
GAO Comptroller General Decisions contains decisions and opinions issued by the Comptroller General in areas of Federal law such as appropriations, bid protests, and Federal agency rulemaking. The database is updated within two business days after decisions have been released. Documents are available as ASCII text and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files

GAO Reports: Main Page
The GAO Reports application contains reports (“blue books”) on audits, surveys, investigations, and evaluations of Federal programs conducted by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). All published reports, testimonies, correspondence, and special publications are included. Products that are restricted or classified are not included. The current fiscal year’s database is updated within two business days of a report’s release. Reports are available as ASCII text and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

GPO Access U. S. Government Print Office
Provides links to Legislative, Executive, Judicial, Regulatory documents and Administrative Decisions.

IBLA (Interior Board of Land Appeals)
Full-text ( current three months)

Interior Departmental Manual (Chapters)
Permanent policy documents approved by the Secretary or the Assistant Secretary - Policy, Management and Budget. These include organization descriptions; delegations of authority; and policies, procedures, and standards for administrative, legal, legislative, informational and program activities of the Department. ELIPS contains the current chapters as well as a limited number of previously approved versions of the chapter. Earlier versions of the chapters as well as obsolete chapters are contained in the system's archived files.

Temporary or interim policies approved by the Secretary that expire after a specified period of time or that are converted to the Departmental Manual. ELIPS also contains all current and expired Secretary's Orders dating as far back as 1992.

Office of Inspector General Reports of the Department of the Interior
OIG Reports are in electronic format from 1995--to present

Office of Management Budget (OMB Circulars)

Metaindex for U.S. Legal Research
Similar to Findlaw

Office of Management Budget (OMB)---OMB Circulars

Public Land Orders
Public Land Orders (PLO's) implement the authority granted to the Secretary of the Interior by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to make, modify, extend, or revoke land withdrawals.

Public Laws--Thomas via Library of Congress provides:  Pubic Laws/Bills in text format from the 94th Congress to present;  information on  Bill Summary and Status;  Committee, Senate and House of Representative Reports as well as the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD in text format

Selected List of Federal Register Items
October 15, 2001 to present

United States Code (Cornell Law School)

United States Code
Website through the General Printing Office

United States Code
The Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives prepares and publishes the United States Code  The Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States .

United States Code Classification Tables NEW
These tables show where recently enacted laws will appear in the United States Code and which sections of the Code have been amended by those laws. The tables sorted in Public Law order may be used to identify the sections of the Code affected by a particular law. The tables sorted in Code order may be used to determine whether a particular section of the Code has recently been amended. The tables only include those provisions of law that have been classified to the Code. The text of recently enacted laws may be found through the Library of Congress Thomas web site.

U.S. Courts
Contains information about the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Court of Appeals, and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts

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10 Standard Fire Orders & 18 Watchout Situations

Bibliography of Fire in North American wetland ecosystems and a subject index of all fire-related literature that appeared in Wildlife

Restoration Resource Database Search
Montana State University, Center for Invasive Plant Management, database of on-the-ground restoration projects.

Standards for Fire and Aviation Operation
National Office of Fire & Aviation's publication on fire, safety, training, qualifications, prescribed fire, aviation operations and administration.

USDA Forest Service, Fire Effects Information System
Fire ecology for many North American plant species, animal species, and Kuchler potential natural vegetation types.
Includes literature citations.

Wildfire News
Provides links to National Interagency Fire Center, Boise, ID; National Weather Service; and others. Includes fire-related information and stories.


Forest History Society
The INVADERS Database is a comprehensive database of exotic plant names and weed distribution records for five states in the northwestern United States. The spatial and temporal spread of weeds can be displayed using the historic distribution records in INVADERS. The INVADERS web site contains actual examples of how land management and weed regulatory agencies are using these data to improve their weed management programs. Noxious weed listings are provided for all US states and six southern tier Canadian provinces.  The Forest History Society presently has three databases that can be searched on this site:

    A bibliography containing annotated descriptions of over 34,000 books, articles, and dissertations on topics in the fields of forest, conservation, and environmental history.
    A guide to archival collections in the fields of forest, conservation, and environmental history that are housed in over 450 repositories across North America and throughout the world.
    A catalog of the holdings of the U.S. Forest Service Headquarters History Collection housed at the Forest History Society.
    A catalog of a special collection of nearly 400 twentieth-century novels documenting Forests in Fiction.
    A specialized bibliography on vegetation change in South and Southeast Asia.

Forest Health Monitoring (FHM)
Data from 1990 to 1998 are available in various forms: the data itself (through 1997), regional highlights for 1998, regional summaries, and fact sheets.

Forest Service Publications
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Paper or electronic publications; current status

USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA)
This site links to all other online resources sponsored by this national program, including databases, documents for downloading, and the sites for the five regional offices.

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AGI Earth Science World Image Bank
Provides quality geoscience images on-line to the public, educators, and the geoscience community at no cost. The USGS, NOAA, and NASA are just three examples of some present contributors.

Federal Emergency Management Agency


Invasive Species: Federal Efforts and State Perspectives on Challenges and National Leadership June 17, 2003

Restoration Resource Database Search
Montana State University, Center for Invasive Plant Management, database of on-the-ground restoration projects.


The Clean Air Act  (CAA)

The Clean Water Act  (CWA)

Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation Liability Act

Federal Cave Resources Protection (FCRP)

Federal Land Policy and Management and Act (FLPMA) 


Major Environmental Laws
More than a dozen major statutes or laws form the legal basis for the programs of the Environmental Protection Agency.

MINERAL LEASING ACT of 1920 as Amended

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA);

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

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Fish and Wildlife site providing introduction to bats plus links to information on several endangered and threatened bats and bat conservation organizations.


BLM NSTC Mapping Standards - International Symbols
The National Science and Technology Center (NSTC) of the Bureau of Land Management
(BLM) is ... The BLM symbols were NSTC-specific recreational and cultural ...


Bibliographic Searches for publications on Alaska Geology and Minerals Resources


BLM Abandoned Mine Lands provides information and links on mines, mining and abandoned mine lands.

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Provides information on Endangered Species, protecting the Ecosystem and California Flora.

The Native Plant Network is devoted to the sharing of information on how to propagate native plants. Feel free to search the database for species you have interest in, and please take the time to upload protocols of species you successfully grow. You will receive full credit for your entry and have the opportunity to add your company logo to the protocol. If you would like to share some propagation techniques, entry is easy using the Protocol Interface.

PLANTS Database
Description: Online USDA database of information, images, and links on plants in the
USA , including crops and invasive...

Western Wetland Flora
Contains link to Species List and Identification Key for 300 Western wetland plants

Wildland Shrubs of the United States and its Territories: Thamnic Descriptions
Thamnic (Greek for 'shrubs') descriptions of more than 250 native and introduced shrubs, including a general description of the species and information about its range, ecology, ecological and cultural benefits (and, in some cases, detriments), reproduction, management considerations, and bibliography.

8/2000 "The New York Botanical Garden is in the process of cataloging its approximately 90,000 vascular plant type specimens. Currently, 75,409 specimens of vascular plant families are available for searching. More recently we have begun photographing the vascular plant type specimens."


Produced by South Carolina's State Trails Program. Contains information on promoting trail use, management, and development.

Science for Safe and Vital Enjoyment of the Outdoors

The Access Fund: Examples of climbing management

From the Hydropower Reform Coalition:
Bibliographic References
Other Resources

Large woody debris removal ecology and ethics (written for paddlers)

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Federal Remediation Technology Roundtable
An online guide which allows Remedial Project Managers to compare remediation technologies and decide on the best cleanup solutions for their sites.


Restoration Resource Database Search
Montana State University, Center for Invasive Plant Management, database of on-the-ground restoration projects.

Northern Prairie Science Center and Midcontinent Ecological Science Center
Contains bibliography on wetland restoration.


Ecological Effects of Roads : A Bibliographic Database

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National Soil Survey Center
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
The National Soil Survey Center is the technical arm of the soil survey program in the United States and is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art soil survey technology, standards, data, and expertise to the American public.

Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE)
With additional research, experiments, data, and resources become available, research scientists continue to improve USLE, which led to the development of Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE). RUSLE has the same formula as  USLE, but has several improvements in determining factors. These include some   new and revised isoerodent maps; a time-varying approach for soil erodibility  factor; a subfactor approach for evaluating the cover-management factor; a new  equation to reflect slope length and steepness; and new conservation-practice   values (Renard, et al., 1997). A new Agriculture Handbook (No. 703) which  describes RUSLE in great detail was published in 1997 by the U.S. Department of  Agriculture.

The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE)
This website is the official USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) site for RUSLE. A copy of the current version of RUSLE, version 1.06b (Jan. 19, 2001), and associated data files can be downloaded from this site. Information is also provided on how to access RUSLE documentation, application guides for RUSLE, and help contacts. The current 1.06b version contains a calculation change for the soil moisture (SM) subfactor of the cover-management (C) factor. This change brings the SM calculation in line with that in the upcoming release of RUSLE 2.



Manual of Survey Instructions
Internet Version - html format (Opens in a new window)

Acrobat Version - pdf format

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Endangered Species Recovery Plans
Final and Revised Recovery Plans Available Online
Recovery plans are listed in descending order by year, month and day of their signing by FWS Regional Directors. Species covered in the plan are listed after the citation.

Northwest Interagency Endangered Species Act (ESA) Website
Website of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA-Fisheries, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and US Forest Service, dedicated to the information on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Streamlined Consultation Efforts.This website contains Section 7 of ESA documents, important references and links, and other materials of use to biologists, botanists, managers and others working with the Streamlined Consultation process and the Endangered Species Act.

Southwestern Region

U.S. Fish and Wildlife sites


For US Army Construction and Engineering Lab Sir

For the US Army Cold Region Lab

US Army Waterways Experimental Station

US Army Topographic Engineering Center

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Cartographic Symbols
The standard National Park Service cartographic symbols are presented in Adobe Illustrator and Acrobat PDF formats.



Includes publications available full-text online


From the USGS Western Ecological Research Center


BLM Utah State Office

BLM Utah e-Briefs

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Checklist of online vegetation and plant distribution maps


Bureau of Land Management's Weed Website

Colorado State University
Provides Latest News and Information on noxious weeds.

Framework For Monitoring Biodiversity Change (Species and Species Groups)Within The Ecological Monitoring And Assessment Network In Canada

Herbicide Name List 
Common And Chemical Names Of Herbicides Approved By The Weed Science Society Of America Pesticide Education Resources from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

INVADER - Weeds database

Invasive Species is the gateway to Federal efforts concerning invasive species. On this site you can learn about the impacts of invasive species and the Federal government's response, as well as read select species profiles and find links to agencies and organizations dealing with invasive species issues. is also the website for the National Invasive Species Council, which coordinates Federal responses to the problem.

Montana Noxious Weed Survey and Mapping
Includes information on weed management and implementation of a standardized weed and mapping system of

Restoration Resource Database Search
Montana State University, Center for Invasive Plant Management, database of on-the-ground restoration projects.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website containing the National Wetlands Inventory, which classifies and maps America ’s remaining wetland resources.

The Wetlands Regulation Center is presented by Environmental Technical Services Co. as a service to all persons interested in the laws, policies and regulations concerning activities regulated under Section 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act in waters of the United States , including wetlands.


Wilderness/recreation research; Aldo Leopold Wilderness Institute web site


Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Homepage - Contains information on the Refuge, its wildlife, habitat, and people.

Biological and Ecotoxicological Characteristics of Terrestrial Vertebrates Residing in Estuaries contains data on 42 sentinel species residing in coastal and estuarine habitat

Effects of Recreation on Rocky Mountain Wildlife
Developed by the Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society (MCTWS), a professional society of wildlife biologists whose goal is the scientific management of Montana’s wildlife resources and their habitats. The primary purpose of this bibliography is to provide resource users, managers, and decision-makers with access to the best available scientific information about the effects of recreation on wildlife to foster good stewardship of Montana’s wildlife resources for current and future generations.

Potential Impacts of Proposed Oil and Gas Development on the Arctic Refuge's Coastal Plain: Historical Overview and Issues of Concern Includes bibliography.

Utility and Vulnerability Ranking Program. A new tool that has been created to assist decision makers in risk assessments.  Two sets of indices have been developed to rank terrestrial vertebrates for their utility in biomonitoring and susceptibility to persistent organic pollutants, cholinesterase-inhibiting pesticides, petroleum crude oil, mercury, and lead shot.

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