BLM announces the extension of withdrawal for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center


Bureau of Land Management

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Photo of Land Around the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

CARLSBAD, N.M. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today the approval of a 20-year withdrawal extension for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in southeastern New Mexico. Extension of this withdrawal means that approximately 1,920 acres of public lands supporting FLETC will remain closed to location and entry under U.S. mining laws for another 20 years, subject to valid existing rights. 

On July 7, 2023, the BLM published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that the Bureau had received an application from the DHS for extension of the FLETC withdrawal. The notice started a 90-day public comment period and announced the opportunity to request a public meeting. Neither the BLM nor DHS received any comments or requests for a public meeting regarding the application.

The DHS-managed training center at FLETC is one of four Federal centers throughout the United States that provides law enforcement training services to bureaus and agencies such as the U.S. Border Patrol, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Transportation Security Administration.

The extension of the withdrawal supporting FLETC reflects a continued commitment to conserve at least 30 percent of public lands and waters by 2030. 

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.