June 12, 2008
In Reply Refer To:
1278, 1600 (210) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2008-138
Expires: 09/30/2009
To:           All Washington Office and Field Office Officials
                Attn:  Data Stewards, State Data Administrators, Geographic Information System
From:       Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning 
Subject:   Establishment of Geospatial Standards for Land Use Planning Boundaries
Program Area:  Planning
Purpose:  Procedures for multiple editing of Land Use Planning (LUP) Boundary feature data.
Policy/Action: This guidance provides the procedures for editing geospatial Land Use Planning Boundary features within the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  National, State, and local Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists should adopt these methods in editing a centralized national geospatial layer of LUP Boundary feature data.
Timeframe: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) becomes effective upon signature.
Background: As a result of the BLM Enterprise GIS effort, a means is now in place to centralize national level LUP Boundary geospatial features on a server hosted at the National Operations Center (NOC). By providing a common platform in which edits can be made on the LUP Boundary geospatial feature, increased accuracy and consistency of these boundaries should occur. There are two means in which the LUP Boundaries can be edited (see Attachments). One means is through geospatial replication via a Spatial Database Engine hosted on a State or Field Office server. The other means is via access to a Citrix server which connects an office directly to geospatial applications and data stored at the NOC.  These approaches support the requirement for the Division of Decision Support, Planning and NEPA to use up-to-date LUP status information for national reporting and for use by the field in their daily activities. Facilitation of LUP Boundary updates will be guided by established workflows between the Washington Office (WO), State and Field Office Planners, and GIS personnel (see Attachment 3). 

The WO anticipates some minor differences between States and Field Offices with regard to data entry due to office structure, workload, or system used. The Division of Decision Support, Planning and NEPA will work with individuals and states to standardize data and work flow.

Budget Impact: Budget impact will be positive as States and Field Offices; adopt procedures to maintain and edit a national LUP Boundary database in a consistent manner.
Coordination:  This Guidance was developed by the Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning in coordination with States and Centers. 

Contact: Leonard Gore, Jr., LUP Boundary National Data Steward, Division of Decision Support, Planning and NEPA, at 202-557-3563.

Signed by:                                                                  Authenticated by:
Edwin L. Roberson                                                     Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                                      Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
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