U.S. Bureau of Land Management
The bureau's enacted budget for fiscal year 2014 was $1.266 billion. In fiscal year 2014, the BLM employed roughly 10,234 full-time equivalents.
Congress created the General Land Office (GLO), a predecessor to today's BLM, in 1812. The office was tasked with overseeing the disposition of lands acquired from Spain, France and other nations. Throughout much of the 19th century, as the nation expanded westward, the settlement of these new, federally-held lands was emphasized. The Homestead Acts and the General Mining Law of 1872 were key in this effort.
The first national parks, forests and wildlife refuges were established in the late 19th century using public lands. The Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 permitted the leasing, exploration and production of certain minerals (such as coal, oil and natural gas) on federally-held lands. The Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 created the U.S. Grazing Service, which was charged with the management of public lands used as ranges for cattle grazing.
GLO and the U.S. Grazing Service merged in 1946 to form BLM. In 1976, Congress passed the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, which declared that the nation's remaining public lands would remain in public ownership. The law also declared a "multiple-use" management policy. Multiple-use management is defined as "management of the public lands and their various resource values so that they are utilized in the combination that will best meet the present and future needs of the American people."
BLM's mission statement is as follows:
|“||It is the mission of the Bureau of Land Management to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.||”|
—U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Activities in the following three categories occur on federally-held land regulated by the bureau:
1.) Commercial activities: the BLM manages land holdings designated for:
2.) Recreation: the BLM manages lands designated for:
- Hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities.
3.) Conservation: the BLM manages holdings designated for:
- Conservation programs, including preservation of endangered or threatened plant and animal species. The BLM holdings also contain fossils and other archaeological and anthropological artifacts
For a more comprehensive listing of the bureau's activities, click here.
Key federal-level staff
The table below lists key federal-level BLM staff as of August 8, 2014.
|BLM federal-level staff as of August 2014|
|Steve Ellis||Deputy Director of Operations|
|Linda Lance||Deputy Directory of Policy|
|Janet Lin||Chief of Staff|
|Salvatore Lauro||Director; Office of Law Enforcement and Security|
|Mark Nielsen||Acting Director; National Operations Center|
|Ron Dunton||Acting Assistant Director; Fire and Aviation|
|Ed Roberson||Assistant Director; Resources and Planning|
|Michael Nedd||Assistant Director; Energy, Minerals and Realty Management|
|Carl Rountree||Assistant Director; National Landscape Conservation System and Community Partnerships|
|Celia Boddington||Assistant Director; Communications|
|Carole Carter-Pfisterer||Assistant Director; Human Capital Management|
|Janine Velasco||Assistant Director; Business Fiscal and Information Resources Management|
Key state-level staff
The table below lists key state-level BLM staff as of August 8, 2014.
|BLM state-level staff as of August 2014|
|Alaska||Bud Cribley||State Director|
|Alaska||Ted Murphy||Associate State Director|
|Arizona||Ray Suazo||State Director|
|Arizona||Deb Rawhouser||Associate State Director|
|California||James Kenna||State Director|
|California||Angie Lara||Associate State Director|
|Colorado||Ruth Welch||State Director|
|Colorado||Lonny Bagley||Acting Associate State Director|
|Idaho||Timothy Murphy||Acting State Director|
|Idaho||Peter Ditton||Associate State Director|
|Montana/Dakotas||Jamie Connell||State Director|
|Montana/Dakotas||Katherine Kitchell||Associate State Director|
|Nevada||Amy Lueders||State Director|
|Nevada||Marci Todd||Associate State Director|
|New Mexico||Jesse Juen||State Director|
|New Mexico||Aden Seidlitz||Associate State Director|
|Oregon||Jerome E. Perez||State Director|
|Oregon||Theresa Hanley||Associate State Director|
|Utah||Juan Palma||State Director|
|Utah||Jenna Whitlock||Associate State Director|
|Wyoming||Don Simpson||State Director|
|Wyoming||Nancy Beres||Acting Associate State Director|
|Eastern states||John Ruhs||Acting State Director|
|Eastern states||Tony Herrell||Associate State Director|
The organization chart below is current as of August 8, 2014.
Budget and finance
The table below summarizes BLM appropriations and full-time equivalents (FTEs) for fiscal years 2014 (enacted) and 2015 (requested).
|BLM appropriations and FTEs, FY 2014 and 2015 ($ in thousands)|
|Category||2014 (enacted)||2015 (requested)||Percent difference|
|Appropriations amount||FTEs||Appropriations amount||FTEs||Appropriations amount||FTEs|
|Permanent and trust||$147,369||646||$230,346||646||56.31%||0%|
|Reimbursable and other FTE||$0||3,102||$0||3,423||0%||10.35%|
|Source: U.S. Department of the Interior, "BLM 2015 Budget Highlights," accessed August 18, 2014|
The bureau is one of relatively few federal agencies that collects more than it spends. Through the assessment of fees, collection of royalties, etc., BLM generated nearly $5 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2012 (the most recent year for which data appears to be available). In fiscal year 2007 (the most recent year for which comprehensive data is available), BLM generated approximately $4.3 billion in revenue. Roughly $2.0 billion of that was transferred directly to the states.
In the news
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- U.S. Bureau of Land Management, "Who We Are, What We Do," accessed August 18, 2014
- U.S. Department of the Interior, "BLM 2015 Budget Highlights," accessed August 18, 2014
- U.S. Bureau of Land Management, "A Long and Varied History," accessed August 18, 2014
- U.S. Bureau of Land Management, "BLM Mission Statement," accessed August 18 ,2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- U.S. Bureau of Land Management, "The Bureau of Land Management," accessed August 18, 2014
- U.S. Bureau of Land Management, "Bureau of Land Management Table of Organization," August 8, 2014
- U.S. Bureau of Land Management, "Public Rewards from Public Lands; 2007-2008," accessed August 18, 2014