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General Publications of Interest

Below are links to commonly requested general publications of interest:

  • BLM General Brochure -- This brochure provides a general overview of the public lands the BLM manages, their location and character, the three broad categories of uses and activities that take place on them, and why they are important to all Americans.
  • The BLM: A Sound Investment for America  -- The BLM's management of public lands contributed more than $130 billion to the national economy in FY 2011.  About $126 billion of that impact resulted from mineral development.  Timber and grazing activity generated about $2 billion worth of economic activity.
  • Public Rewards From Public Lands -- This publication contains information, State-by-State, about what the BLM-managed public lands are worth—in economic, social, and environmental terms. The BLM historically brings more money each year into the general U.S. Treasury than it costs to operate. Only the IRS, Minerals Management Service, and U.S. Customs Service send more money to the general Treasury than the BLM. Public Rewards tells that story.
  • BLM's Annual Reports and Public Land Statistics  -- The one location for most of the acreage figures for BLM public land management. The printed document is updated annually and includes land acres, revenue, horse numbers, fire acres, recreation use, and other valuable information. We now also have a real-time automated version!
  • Resourceful Management of Our Natural Resources (1.6 Mb PDF) -- This four-page publication provides a very quick overview on the scope and complexity of the BLM's responsibilities, and charts the agency's key land management priorities based on the proposed fiscal year 2002 budget.
  • Energy Facts: Onshore Federal Lands -- The BLM plays a critical role in facilitating the development of energy resources such as oil and gas, coal, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind, and biomass in its implementation of the President’s National Energy Policy. BLM is also the leasing agent for all energy minerals on all Federal lands, and as trustee, manages mineral development on over 56 million acres of Indian lands.
  • Federal Advisory Committee Act ( PDF , Text ) -- A summary brochure of what BLM staff need to know when working with ADR-based collaborative community working groups.
  • Federal Advisory Committee Act: National Policy ( PDF , Text ) -- This guidebook provides key considerations and best practices, examples of when FACA might or might not apply, and answers to frequently asked questions. With this information, field offices designing and setting up ADR-based collaborative community working groups will be able to decide which type of group will best serve the needs of the community and the agency.  
  • The Bureau of Land Management's National Landscape Conservation System -- Established in 2000 to help protect some of the nation's most remarkable and rugged landscapes, the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) includes National Conservation Areas, National Monuments, Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and National Historic and Scenic Trails.
  • People, Places, and Partners: Planning, Managing, and Enhancing Recreational Experiences ( Text Version ) -- Vast and varied, Bureau of Land Management public lands represent the largest acreage available for recreation in America, offering unparalleled leisure opportunities. Recreation has become one of the BLM’s premier programs and is vital to the local economy in many communities across the West. As recreation and tourism take their place alongside more traditional land uses in the culture and economy of these communities, the BLM’s responsibility to these places and the people who live there is also growing.
  • They Walked Here Long Ago  -- The public lands provide numerous opportunities to see the fossil evidence of life on earth millions of years ago, including spectacularly preserved dinosaur tracks. This brochure tells readers where they can view dinosaur tracks and provides guidance on what fossils can be collected from public lands legally while preserving the Nation's fossil heritage. Also available in 17x11 layout (PDF format, 1.1MB
  • BLM Science Strategy--2008 update of a strategy to assist in the application of science to BLM natural resource management programs. It discusses methods of identification of science needs from field offices through the Department of Interior Strategic Plan, as well as the prioritization of research and linkage to the budget process. (28 pages, 1.7 MB PDF)
  • FY 2006 BLM Law Enforcement End of Year Review
  • FLPMA Turns 30  (879 Kb PDF)
  • Mining Claims and Sites on Federal Lands
  • BLM Library
  • Budget Information
  • National Geographic's Article on BLM: The Big Open