BLM and DOE Coordination through the Uranium Leasing Program . Presented by Mitchell Leverette, Bureau of Land Management Washington, DC. Agencies Acres * % fed land BLM (DOI) 261 41% Forest Service (DOA ) 191 30%
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BLM and DOE Coordination through the Uranium Leasing Program
Bureau of Land Management
AgenciesAcres*% fed land
BLM (DOI)261 41%
Forest Service (DOA) 191 30%
Fish & Wildlife Service (DOI) 93 15%
National Park Service (DOI) 84 13%
Dept. of Defense/Corp of Eng _122%
Totals: 641 100%
*Acres in millions
The Uranium Leasing Program (ULP) began in the 1940s (after BLM was created).
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) authorized to withdraw lands from public use to reserve of uranium and vanadium ores.
In the 1970s, the emphasis for the ULP switched from national defense to preserving the domestic uranium industry and infrastructure in support of commercial nuclear power.
Bureau of Land Management
Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2 CONSTITUTION states:
“The Congress shall have power to dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations respecting territory or other properties belonging to the United States…”
PRE – FLPMA :
Early in Nation’s history, Executive Branch was making permanent withdrawals.
Landmark legislation that changed the operations of BLM by providing a multiple-use framework for managing America’s public lands by focusing on the needs of present and futuregenerations.
BLM is required to consider the long term needs of present and future generations when making important decisions in the management of renewable and nonrenewableresources, including recreation, timber, minerals, watershed, fish, wildlife, rangeland, etc.
Defined BLM’s mission as one of multiple-use, a new concept for the time, but which today stands as our agency’s great strength.
Provided BLM with the tools it needed to cooperatively and creatively manage the public lands, and in the process, dispel the notion that a variety of uses and resources cannot co-exist.
FLPMA provides detailed procedures for withdrawing land depending on the size of the area to be withdrawn and whether the withdrawal is being made on an emergency basis.
Withdrawals under the FLPMA are temporary (20 year maximum).
Congressional action is necessary to make withdrawals permanent.
• 1.2 million surface acres
• 1.6 million subsurface acres – This includes split-estate (178,857 acres) and U.S. Forest Service (378,222 acres) minerals in addition to the subsurface acres.
• 27 recreation sites (3 picnic areas, 2 camping areas, 3 river access sites)
• 2 Recreation Management Areas; North Fruita Desert and Bang’s Canyon
• 4 Wilderness Study Areas (98,347 acres)
• 2 Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways: Unaweep-Tabeguache and Grand Mesa
• 1 National Scenic Byway: Dinosaur Diamond
• 575,000 acres of woodlands
• 9 endangered, threatened, and candidate species (7 listed, 2 candidates)
• 290 miles of perennial streams and rivers
• 1,198,262 acres available for oil and gas leasing
• 1 million acres of big game habitat
• 1,184,781 million acres grazed by livestock
• 1 wild horse management area Mesa, Garfield, Montrose and Delta Counties