May 1, 2006
In Reply Refer To:
3720 (360) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2006-145
Expires: 09/30/2007
To:                  All Field Officials
From:              Assistant Director, Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
Subject:          Cooperative Conservation Based Strategic Plan for the Abandoned Mine Lands Program
Program Area: Abandoned Mine Lands
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) transmits a Cooperative Conservation Based Strategic Plan for the national Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Program. 
Policy/Action: The AML program strategic plan establishes the context whereby the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) mitigates and remediates hardrock AML sites on or affecting public lands, and correlates field activities with program goals, objectives and priorities. The plan provides field managers and staff with a policy framework for setting local or state priorities and provides senior management and budget personnel with explanations of program values. No new action is required of the field.
The plan applies to AML water quality projects currently funded under the Soil, Water and Air subactivity (1010); AML physical safety hazard projects funded under Hazard Management and Resource Restoration subactivity (1640), including the Special Cleanup Fund; and AML projects funded under the Department’s Central Hazardous Materials Fund (2640). 
Timeframe: The plans Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 – 2013, time period of the current and next Department of the Interior strategic plan.
Budget Impact:  Implementation of the plan will provide management with information needed to make long-range resource requests and fund allocations.

Background:  This IM is being issued in follow up to the AML Workshop held in May 2005. State Office AML program leads identified the need to develop a national AML strategic plan supported by State Office operational plans as a part of improving long-range planning at all bureau levels and with Federal, State, Tribal and other partners. State Offices are developing operational workplans for their AML activities under IM 2005-219, Development of Abandoned Mine Land Program Work Plans. 
The Washington Office has also identified the need to facilitate collaboration with other Federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Discussions with the Office of the Inspector General and the Office of the Solicitor have emphasized the need for the BLM to be able to explain its strategic plan for the AML program more thoroughly.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  None.
Coordination: This IM has been coordinated with AML State Office Program Leads (SOPLs), the Hazard Management and Resource Restoration Program, and the Soil, Water and Air Program (WO-220).
Contact:  George Stone, AML Program Lead, Protection and Response Group, (WO-360) at (202)-557-3573.
Signed by:                                                                   
Authenticated by:
Thomas P. Lonnie                                                        
Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                                        
Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Minerals, Realty and Resource Protection
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