About the Natural Resources Program

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Through the principles of multiple use and sustained yield, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) fulfills its mission, which is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The BLM Resources and Planning Directorate (HQ-200) develops and maintains programs integral to attaining the BLM’s mission on about 245 million acres of public lands, mostly in 12 western states, which includes Alaska.

The directorate is responsible for the following program areas: land use planning, natural resource management, landscape restoration, wild horse and burro management, environmental compliance, and science integration and initiatives. The directorate establishes policy, provides oversight, and develops guidelines with a focus on rangelands, forests, aquatic habitats, wildlife, and other natural resources. The directorate seeks to integrate the best available science into all decisions and hosts the BLM National Science Advisor, who is the bureau science integrity officer and co-chair of the BLM National Science Committee. Most importantly, HQ-200 recognizes that the success of its efforts depends on effective collaboration within the BLM and among its many external partners. HQ-200 accomplishes its role through the following divisions.

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