Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management

The BLM is responsible for carrying out a variety of programs for the management and conservation, of resources on 258 million surface acres, as well as 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate.  These public lands make up about 13 percent of the total land surface of the United States and more than 40 percent of all land managed by the Federal government.  Most of the public lands are located in the Western United States, and are characterized predominantly by extensive grassland, forest, high mountain, arctic tundra, and desert landscapes. The BLM manages multiple resources and uses, including energy and minerals; timber; forage; recreation; wild horse and burro herds; fish and wildlife habitat; wilderness areas; and archaeological, paleontological, and historical sites.

The job of balancing this mix of resources and uses grows more complex each year, as the West’s population growth creates new pressures and heightens existing management challenges.  With over 68.3 million people living in the region today, the West continues to be the fastest-growing area in the nation.  This growth — and the urbanization that accompanies it — places new demands on BLM-managed land.  Working with its partners at the local, state, and national levels, the BLM will meet its mission of sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

To learn more about the programs of the Colorado office of the BLM, visit our website here.

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