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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, administers more federal land than any other federal agency: over 264 million acres of land (about one eighth of all land in the United States). Also, it manages 700 million additional acres of subsurface mineral resources and has responsibility for wildfire management and suppression on 388 million acres. The bulk of these lands are located in the western United States and include a variety of terrain, such as rangelands, forests, high mountains, arctic tundra, and deserts. Within these public lands, commercial, cultural, recreational, and wilderness resources abound; the responsibility for management and multiple uses of these resources puts the BLM in challenging public-private debates.

The mission of the BLM is to sustain ...

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