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General Information About the Bureau of Land Management

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  • Purpose: Initially to manage (primarily) range lands for grazing, oil and gas development, and mining. Their role expanded to include multiple use resources such as wildlife, watersheds, recreation, wilderness, and other conservation values with the passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act in 1976.
  • Federal Department: Interior
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  • Manages 7% of the acreage within National Wilderness Preservation System.
  • Uses 48 administrative units to manage 224 designated wilderness areas.

Wilderness Areas on Bureau of Land Management Lands