The dedicated officers who make up BLM's law enforcement program play an integral role in ensuring public safety and fulfilling the BLM’s multiple use mission. Every day, our law enforcement professionals dedicate themselves to investigating a variety of crimes which occur on federal public lands including vandalism and looting of archeological, paleontological, and culturally significant sites. Officers also support emergency responses in challenging, remote settings and strive to provide a safe environment for employees and visitors to public lands.
Nationally, the BLM manages a wide variety of resources spread over 245 million acres of public lands and 700 million acres of subsurface mineral estate. These public land resources include timber, forage, energy and minerals, recreation areas, wild horse and burro herds, fish and wildlife habitat, wilderness areas and national monuments, and archaeological and paleontological sites.
Under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to stand up a law enforcement body to enforce Federal laws and regulations with respect to public lands and their resources. As a result, the BLM has been given specific resource protection and law enforcement responsibilities that further its multiple use mission.
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