BLM - On its current trajectory, the BLM headquarters in Washington, D.C. will be liquidated, decentralized, and relocated by the end of March in 2020.
This move is part of a broader plan announced by the Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt in July, that affects the majority of the nearly 250 million acres managed by the Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM). This plan has sparked controversy in the form of threats and proposed legislation limiting or reducing funding to impede the relocation of BLM’s headquarters.
For clarity, it is important to understand the scope of lands administered by the BLM. These are public lands managed by the federal government that are not otherwise set aside for a specific purpose, such as a National Park, Wildlife Refuge, military reservations, or National Forests. The BLM manages and controls about 12% of the total landmass in the United States, or an area slightly less than the size of Texas. The quality and use of these lands varies widely, ranging from national monuments and conservation areas to recreation lands; from wild, open spaces to forests and mountains; from rangelands to Arctic tundra; from wetlands and river valleys, to desert landscapes, to areas with vast and abundant mineral resources.