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* Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC)
* Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC)
** None in California's Central Coast Region
** Clear Creek Serpentine
** Fort Ord Public Lands
** Joaquin Rocks
** Panoche/Coalinga RT&E
* Other Public Lands
* Other Public Lands
**Coalinga Mineral Springs
** Coalinga Mineral Springs
**Griswold Hills
** Griswold Hills
**Laguna Mountain Area
** Laguna Mountain Area
**Machesna Mountain Wilderness
** Machesna Mountain Wilderness
**Panoche Hills
** Panoche Hills
**Sierra de Salinas
** Sierra de Salinas
**Stockdale Mountain Area
** Stockdale Mountain Area
**Ventana Wilderness
** Ventana Wilderness
== Related Links ==
== Related Links ==

Revision as of 19:39, 2 March 2021

A organizational summary by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.

This page is an introduction to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with specific emphasis on the Central Coast of California.


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is a federal agency within the United States Department of the Interior.[1] BLM manages both surface and subsurface public domain including public lands, mineral rights, and wilderness areas. BLM is responsible for administering National Monuments. Within California's Central Coast region, the Fort Ord National Monument (FONM) and California Coastal National Monument (CCNM) are two notable areas that BLM oversees.


"To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations." [1] BLM strives to ensure natural, cultural, and historic resources are maintained for current and potential use. To carry out this mission, BLM manages public lands in the interest of maximizing opportunities for commercial, recreational, and conservation activities. This multi-use strategy promotes healthy and productive public lands that promote jobs in local communities while upholding traditional land uses. These uses may include responsible energy development, timber harvesting, grazing, and recreation such as hunting and fishing. [1]

Legal Status / Authority

BLM was formed in 1946 by President Harry S. Truman in the consolidation of two existing government agencies, the General Land Office and the Grazing Service. The creation of the BLM provided a formal authority within the Executive Branch to oversee these administrative efforts. [1] In the first half of the 20th century, there was considerable overlap and discontinuity among the United States' existing catalog of federal legislation on public land management. Initially, BLM was assigned to administer only grazing lands but over the years took on additional authority as the interests of the nation shifted and the administration of mineral rights became a higher priority. The BLM's official legislative doctrine, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), passed in 1976, formally cemented the agency's unified directives into federal law. [2]


Organizational Structure

BLM's top executive on the national level is the Director. The Director is nominated by the President and confirmed by Congress.

Central Coast Context

On the Monterey Peninsula, the BLM Central Coast Field Office manages the Fort Ord National Monument (FONM) near Salinas, California.

Example Work / Projects

  • Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC)
    • Clear Creek Serpentine
    • Fort Ord Public Lands
    • Joaquin Rocks
    • Panoche/Coalinga RT&E
  • Other Public Lands
    • Coalinga Mineral Springs
    • Griswold Hills
    • Laguna Mountain Area
    • Machesna Mountain Wilderness
    • Panoche Hills
    • Sierra de Salinas
    • Stockdale Mountain Area
    • Ventana Wilderness

Related Links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bureau of Land Management https://www.blm.gov/about
  2. Bureau of Land Management https://web.archive.org/web/20141126221553/http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/About_BLM/History.print.html


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