September 2, 2010
In Reply Refer To:
1610 (210) P
Instruction Memorandum No. 2010-199
Expires: 09/30/2011
To:                   All Field Officials
From:               Assistant Director, Renewable Resources and Planning
Subject:           Land Use Planning Area Boundary Data Standard and Implementation
                        Guidelines                                                                   DD: 10/01/2010
Program Area: Land Use Planning.
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) transmits the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) data standards for mapping and recording the boundaries for land use planning areas.
Policy/Action: The data standard for developing and maintaining land use planning area boundaries in digital format are found in attachments 1, 2, and 3 of this IM. All offices must use the Land Use Planning Area Boundary Data Standard when developing, amending, or maintaining digital land use planning area boundary datasets.
Timeframe: The Land Use Planning Area Boundary Data Standard will be effective immediately. Each state must convert their existing data to the new standard and provide a copy to the NOC for inclusion in the national dataset no later than October 1, 2010.
Budget Impact: The cost of converting the data to the new data standard will be offset by funding coordinated through the Geospatial Services Strategic Plan (GSSP).
Background: A team, with representatives from field offices, state offices, the Washington Office, and the National Operations Center (NOC), was tasked with developing a set of data standards for land use planning areas. Development of national corporate data standards and databases has been recognized by the BLM Director and the Field Committee as being a critical component of facilitating BLM-wide comprehensive data management. Corporate data standards and national databases also will help increase efficiency in addressing information needs within all levels of the BLM, which will result in fewer data calls, less overall effort by state and local personnel to use geospatial information for regional analyses, and more timely sharing of our information with our partners and the public—ultimately resulting in significant long-term savings for the BLM. 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: The process for developing the Land Use Planning Area Boundary Data Standard was coordinated through the Washington Office Division of Decision Support, Planning and NEPA (WO-210), representatives of the state planning program leads, state data administrators, and Geospatial Information System (GIS) coordinators.
Contacts: Patrick Mahoney, Geospatial Program Analyst, WO-210 at (202) 912-7214; Tom Chatfield, BLM Data Architect, OC-530 at (303) 236-4025 for information regarding the standard and the unique identifier; and Bill Lamb, Spatial Data Coordinator, OC-530 at
 (303) 236-0911 for information regarding sending the data to the National Operations Center.
Signed by:                                                       Authenticated by:
Marci Todd                                                       Robert M. Williams
Acting, Assistant Director                                Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Renewable Resources and Planning
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