U.S. Department of the Interior

Bureau of Land Management

Part 3


The demands being placed on the public lands are growing in tandem with the number and diversity of the people the BLM serves. Our ability to meet these new demands will depend on improving the Bureau's accountability to users of the public lands, while emphasizing the responsibility of these users to adhere to an ethic that is sensitive to the land's health and responsive to the public's right to receive fair value in return.

The BLM historically has made land available for authorized private-sector activities, such as recreation, energy and mineral commodity extraction, livestock forage and sawtimber production, and other related land use authorizations and land dispositions, and we will continue to do so. Taxpayers should expect to receive a fair return from such transactions, consistent with existing laws. The BLM will also ensure that environmental impacts on the land and on other users are minimized so as to prevent long term impairment or the creation of unfunded taxpayer liabilities.

BLM administers an onshore surface and mineral estate of about 264 million acres of public land, plus another 300 million acres of mineral estate underlying other lands. BLM also provides technical supervision of mineral development on Indian lands.

The following tables of statistics show the essential outputs of various interrelated programs that provide commercial uses as shown in Tables 3-1 through 20. Tables 3-21 through 28 display outcome-oriented information in terms of receipts or payments and the allocation of funds generated from commercial use activities on public lands. It must be noted that only receipts and payments collected by BLM are listed. For revenues derived from BLM energy and mineral activities, please refer to Mineral Revenues in the annual report of the Minerals Management Service, a Department of the Interior agency. The total onshore mineral revenues, including royalties, rents, and bonus bids, were $1,248 million for fiscal year 1997.


 3-1 Applications, entries, selections, and patents  PDF  
 3-2 Patents issued with minerals reserved to the United States  PDF  
 3-3 Nonspecific land use authorizations  PDF  
 3-4 Miscellaneous land use authorizations  PDF  
 3-5 Summary of authorized use of grazing district (Section 3) lands  PDF  
 3-6 Summary of authorized use of grazing lease (Section 15) lands  PDF  
 3-7 Grazing permits in force on grazing district (Section 3) lands  PDF  
 3-8 Grazing leases in force on grazing lease (Section 15) lands  PDF  
 3-9a Timber and nontimber forest product sales  PDF  
3-9b Forest product sales by state  PDF  
 3-10 Competitive oil and gas and geothermal leasing  PDF  
 3-11 Noncompetitive oil and gas and geothermal leases  PDF  
 3-12 Other oil and gas leasing actions  PDF  
 3-13 New oil and gas well drilling activities on Federal lands  PDF  
 3-14 Continuing oil and gas activities on Federal lands  PDF  
 3-15 Coal leases, licenses, permits, preference right lease applications and logical mining units  PDF  
 3-16 Other solid mineral leases, licenses, permits, and preference right lease applications  PDF  
 3-17 Disposition of mineral materials  PDF  
 3-18 Mineral patents issued  PDF  
 3-19 Recordation of mining claims  PDF  
 3-20 Notices and plans of mining operations filed with BLM  PDF  
 3-21 Helium operations and revenues  PDF  
 3-22 Receipts from the disposition of public lands and resources, May 20, 1785 through FY 1996  PDF  
 3-23 Statement of receipts by source  PDF  
 3-24 Receipts from oil and gas right-of-way rentals, mineral leases, licenses, and permits  PDF  
 3-25 Allocation of receipts to States and local governments by program  PDF  
 3-26 Allocation of receipts by source and fund  PDF  
 3-27 Payments to States and territories  PDF  
 3-28 Legal allocation of BLM receipts  PDF  

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