Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Federal Land Policy & Management Act or How the West Was Lost

From the BLMs website:

he Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 -- is the landmark piece of legislation that changed not only the Bureau of Land Management and the make-up of its workforce, but the face of the West forever. This ambitious Act both recognized the value of our Nation’s public lands and provided a framework in which they could be managed in perpetuity for the benefit of present and future generations. It defined BLM’s mission as one of multiple use -- a new concept for the times, but which today stands as our agency’s great strength.

Our mission is unique among federal land-managing agencies and provides us with the best opportunity to meet the many and varied demands of the changing West. In 1976, few anticipated the West’s rapid growth and its associated demographic and economic changes, all of which have placed increased demands on the public lands. But because of the insight and vision of the people who crafted it, FLPMA provides us with the tools we need to cooperatively and creatively manage the public lands, and in the process, dispel the notion that a variety of uses and resources cannot co-exist.

The 25th anniversary of this remarkable law gives the agency the opportunity to celebrate BLM’s multiple-use mission and honor those who worked to bring it to fruition.

(Click on title to go to clickable links to full text of law and other links)

The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (PDF,1.9MB)

FLPMA Symposium, November 16, 2001 at the University of Colorado-Boulder (PDF, 628KB)
- Symposium Web Site

FLPMA Posters

A Snapshot of pre- and post-FLPMA Management 1976 & 2001

The Growing West: Pre- and Post-FLPMA, 1976 and 2000 (U.S. Census Bureau)

Eleanor Schwartz-Pathbreaking Attorney, Women's Rights Advocate

How the Stage Was Set for BLM's "Organic Act"

Secretary Norton Issues Press Release

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