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The Public Lands Foundation advocates for the management, protection, development and enhancement of the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. We do this through remaining current on public lands issues and policies, and communicating our concerns and recommendations through Position Statements, Letters & Correspondence, and special Publications. We testify before Congress or submit written testimony on budget and policy matters affecting the BLM and the public lands, and respond to media requests.

Examples of issues that the PLF follows include:

  • Annual budget and appropriations for the Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management
  • Administration initiatives to reorganize DOI and BLM
  • Initiatives to move the BLM’s headquarters out of our Nation’s capital to the West
  • Amendments to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act
  • Legislative proposals that would remove law enforcement authorities from the BLM or other federal land management agencies
  • Safety of BLM employees in the field
  • Legislative and rule making initiatives that impact major laws and rules including the FLPMA, National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Antiquities Act, among others
  • Changes to implementation of the Freedom of Information Act
  • Initiatives aimed at transferring management of the public lands from the BLM to the states
  • The ONSHORE Act (Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources for Energy Act)
  • Illegal actions of Cliven Bundy, including non-payment of $1 million in overdue grazing fees
  • Designation and size of National Monuments
  • Workings of the new BLM Foundation as established by Congress
  • Reauthorization of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act
  • Review of new regulations by Congress under the Congressional Review Act
  • Keeping public lands in public hands
  • Public enjoyment of the public lands
  • Implementation of the BLM’s multiple use/sustained yield mandate
  • Climate change impacts to and from activities on the public lands
  • Wild horses and burros – means to achieve appropriate management levels
  • Impacts of illegal immigration on the public lands along the Southwest border
  • Biological diversity needs and impacts
  • Recreation, including Off-Highway Vehicle impacts, recreation fees, and recreational shooting
  • Sage-Grouse habitat conservation
  • Land use planning policy and implementation, including proposed “efficiencies”
  • Land exchanges and public land disposal through legislation
  • Water rights
  • Role of science in the BLM’s land management decisions
  • Regulation of extractive industries on public lands (e.g., oil, gas, mining)
  • Ending the small miner fee waiver exemption
  • Renewable energy impacts to the public lands
  • Coal-bed methane impacts (primarily in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming)
  • Livestock grazing
  • Invasive species impacts
  • Wildland fire management and funding
  • Abandoned mine lands (coal and hard rock) remediation
  • Venting and flaring rules pertaining to oil and gas production