The BLM is required by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act to incorporate the social sciences into its decision-making process. The BLM socioeconomics program uses knowledge and methods from economics and social sciences (particularly sociology, anthropology, and geography) to understand the human context and consequences of the BLM’s activities. Collectively, the socioeconomics program works to describe the human interests and values shaping public lands management, identify the effects of proposed actions on communities and economies, and promote the economic and social sustainability of communities near the public lands. In doing so, the socioeconomics program helps address local concerns while meeting national needs. The WO-210 socioeconomics program provides policy, leadership, and oversight for socioeconomic activities across the bureau, and engages in cross-cutting initiatives and challenges.
The public lands managed for multiple use by the BLM contribute significant benefits for the nation. Each year, the Socioeconomics Program collects and analyzes socioeconomic data.
To learn more about the economic contributions of public land managed by the BLM, download The BLM: A Sound Investment for America 2017.
Socioeconomic Program Goals
The Socioeconomics Program aims to improve land use planning through three goals.
- Goal 1: Ensure that the BLM’s socioeconomic capabilities support legal mandates, management priorities, and program needs
- Goal 2: Manage the BLM’s internal and external socioeconomic capabilities to provide sound and cost-effective support for offices and programs.
- Goal 3: Ensure that BLM employees can obtain and apply sound socioeconomic information relevant to their programs.