Public Safety

The BLM promotes safety, security, and environmental protection of public lands, public land users, and employees.  This includes nearly 200 miles directly along the international boundary in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Our agency plays a big role in the nation’s interagency comprehensive and complex fire management program that fights fires across all federally administered lands.  We also work to address the health and safety hazards that exist on old abandoned mine sites on public lands that are scattered across the West.  Our law enforcement program protects people and public resources – from assisting in search-and-rescue operations to stopping such crimes as mineral resource theft; hazardous materials dumping; archaeological and paleontological theft; wildland arson; and more.

Along international boundaries, the BLM strengthens American sovereignty through innovative initiatives and partnerships with federal and state agencies.  These efforts are producing tangible operational results on the front line in the areas of illegal smuggling, conservation, and identifying transnational threats.