Geospatial Program

This map shows data created and maintained by the BLM that are collectively referred to as BLM National Data. These datasets support BLM's mission to manage and conserve public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple use and sustained yield. Explore BLM National Data in the viewer below.

Managing 245 million acres of land and 700 million acres of mineral estate is a big task. The BLM recognizes that geospatial information is a critical tool for managing public lands. We’ve already made great strides in creating national datasets, supporting almost every program in the Bureau. The BLM has adopted a ground-up approach to managing public lands, and the geospatial program is providing the structure and tools to accomplish this strategy. We manage spatial data to support multiple activities at varying scales.

The BLM's geospatial strategy focuses on collection, organization, and use of baseline resource management data, like fenceline and transportation data and enhancing predictions based on geospatial data. Examples of activities that require geospatial data include planning and resource management, special status species monitoring, regional mitigation, and renewable energy projects, just to name a few.

An important factor in implementing our strategy is using a geographic information system (GIS) that is consistent and integrated within the Bureau and the Department of the Interior. This internal cohesion enhances the BLM's ability to partner with other Federal agencies, collaborate with State and Tribal governments, and communicate with the public.

Data is collected using a mobile device and further utilized using GIS. (BLM Photo)

Geospatial Program Vision

To fulfill its multiple-use and sustained-yield mission, the BLM will be the preeminent leader in integrating geospatial data into natural resource management. We will be agile and adaptive to modern technologies and tools to attract and retain a highly-skilled staff.  The BLM will be able to make defensible decisions using accurate, well-defined, and trusted data.