The history of the bureau of land management in the united states

Includes indexes to recreation sites, and 2 insets.

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The Public Works Acceleration Act of provided federal assistance to areas hard hit by recession and gave the Bureau its first major recreation funding, mainly for campgrounds and picnic sites. The Taylor Grazing Act ofestablished the U.

But even with this shift in perspective on the value of federal lands, the government continued to allow mining companies to explore and extract valuable natural resources. In Congress established the position of Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

A major responsibility has been the management of the Indian trust accounts. Text, descriptive index to recreation areas by BLM district, How many know that Congress recently let the BLM keep salvage sale receipts to spend on "ecosystem health"?

The only way to make money from the land was to get around the laws. It also began overseeing the leasing of mineral estates acquired by the federal government with the passage of the Acquired Minerals Leasing Act of BLM expects to complete more than 40 additional amendments, revisions and new plans in the next two years.

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In fact, cash sales and commission payments for land agents virtually guaranteed speculation, fraud, and mismanagement. The late 19th century marked a shift in Federal land management priorities with the creation of the first national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. But any reform would be an improvement as long as it gave agency managers an incentive to reduce costs and increase the value of the resources in their care.

This goal includes fire protection programs as well. The analysis shows that most districts lose money on all of their major resources: Includes text, location map, chart, and col. The remaining sites require further investigation. Like many compromises, the result was bad from both views.

No one in the BLM seems to care about these losses; no one even keeps track of revenues vs. The grievances allege widespread violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and claim tens of millions of dollars in damages.

Smaller BLM programs Abandoned Mine Lands program enhances public safety and improves water quality by reducing or eliminating the effects of past hardrock mining in the western United States. This was changed by the Materials Act ofwhich allowed the BLM to sell timber and directed that most of the receipts would go into Bureau of Reclamation irrigation projects.

Managers with incentives to efficiently produce the resources with the greatest value would manage to avoid such problems. InCongress established the General Land Office within the Department of the Treasury, to oversee the disposition of Federal lands.

Text, list of BLM offices, descriptive indexes to rivers and Colorado recreation sites, and Includes list of recreation opportunities and activity symbols key.

This law--which was largely written by the BLM--attempted to bring that agency up to Forest Service standards by prescribing inventories, a planning process, and sustained-yield and multiple-use management.

Visits to recreation sites on BLM lands totaled 55 million in The BLM is far from a model agency. Parker was the first Native American to be appointed as Commissioner of Indian affairs — Intercourse Acts[ edit ] Main article: The current director is Michael S.

Early US agencies and legislation: McKenney from until the abolition of the factory system in By the time the Grazing Act was implemented, the range productivity of Grazing Division lands had been depleted by two-thirds.

Congress encouraged settlement across the West by enacting a wide variety of laws, including the Homestead Laws and the Mining Law of The conflicting mandates of land disposal and land stewardship contributed to a schizophrenic nature that remains to this day.

The agency soon had a major program selling old-growth timber. Over the next years, hundreds of surface and subterranean mines opened across federal lands, leaving behind a scarred, environmentally-contaminated legacy.

BLM runs soil and watershed management programs on million acres in the lower 48 states and 86 million acres in Alaska. Easterners, wedded to the already failing Progressive ideal, wanted public land.

Cato SellsCommissioner of Indian Affairs, Home > Research Our Records > Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States > Records of the Bureau of Land Management [BLM] Guide to Federal Records Main Page.

The Bureau of Land Management goes back to the Land Ordinance ofand the Northwest Ordinance of These two laws provided the survey and settlement of the lands that the original 13 colonies ceded to the Federal government after the War of Independence.

As additional lands were acquired by the United States from Spain, France, and other countries, Congress instructed that they. Jan 06,  · The United States government owns 47 percent of all land in the West.

Introduction and History

Much of the million acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management is available for. Introduction and History Table of Contents. Introduction and Summary; History of the BLM.

the Bureau of Land Management manages more land than any other entity in the United States. If it is also true that, as a Sierra Club book once said, BLM lands are the "lands no one knows," then the BLM itself is the agency no one knows.

Located within the US Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is responsible for managing the United States’ public lands. Contributor: United States. Forest Service - United States. Bureau of Land Management Date: ; Map Intensive wilderness inventory, final decision, Bureau of Land Management, Novemberstate of Idaho.

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