Integrated Vegetation Management "Vegetation is perhaps the one uniting feature of all the 258 million acres cared for by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Yet history shows how quickly this core resource can be changed by invasive weeds, wildfire, drought, grazing, recreational use and other activities."
~ BLM Integrated Vegetation Handbook H-1740-2
In the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), Congress established multiple-use management for all BLM-administered public lands, which are now utilized for many different purposes and interests. In Wyoming, mining, renewable energy, recreation, grazing and oil and natural gas development are major uses of the public lands, all of which result in varying degrees of landscape disturbance. BLM monitors vegetation disturbance levels and takes action as needed to reclaim and restore surface disturbance. In order to restore and reclaim disturbed lands, BLM applies an integrated vegetation management approach to achieve functioning plant communities.
The Plant Conservation Program works to integrate native plant materials into reclamation plans and establish or re-establish healthy native plant communities on all BLM-administered public lands, and we also work with other programs to prevent and monitor disturbance to rare plant communities.