BLM offices in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas adjusting operations due to COVID-19

SANTA FE, N.M. – Due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, the Bureau of Land Management will be adjusting services at its offices, effective Monday, Nov. 9.  This decision was made to protect the safety and health of BLM employees and the public.

Continuing our service to the public while doing our part to address COVID-19 is very important. Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities, some BLM offices are temporarily restricting in-person access to public rooms or offering limited services by appointment only.

Before you visit your local BLM office, please call that office to confirm services and availability of staff.  If you call your local BLM office, and are unable to reach the person you are looking for, you can also call the BLM New Mexico State Office at 505-954-2222 for assistance.

The New Mexico Public Lands Information Center is available via their online chat or phone at 505-954-2002 to answer questions about which public lands are open, where you can go camping, where to cut fuelwood, and how you can practice social distancing in the great outdoors.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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