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Land Management, U.S. Bureau of
The federal government owns a significant percentage of the land, including subsurface territory, in the western United States, with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) being the government's largest landowner. This agency of the Department of the Interior was established on July 16, 1946 by Reorganization Plan No. 3, which consolidated the General Land Office created in 1812 (Pub. L. 12–59) and the Grazing Service established in 1934 (Pub. L. 73–482).
BLM manages over 256,000,000 surface acres and over 700,000,000 subsurface acres of minerals that constitute nearly 13 percent of total U.S. land surface and over 40 percent of all federally owned lands. BLM manages public lands for multiple uses and conserves resources for current and future generations. These resources include timber, solid minerals, oil, gas, ...