provides the next step in recognizing the importance of landscape-level approaches to land and resources management across state and federal boundaries.
BLM Acting Director Mike Pool said, “The BLM values the longstanding relationship we have enjoyed with WSLCA. This MOU helps to guide our path forward on common issues, enhances communication and strengthens the partnership so that we can work toward accomplishing the mutual goals of BLM and WSLCA.”
WSLCA President Jarrod Johnson said renewing the agreement will lead to better stewardship of lands important to all.
“As the nation’s second largest managers of lands in the United States, the Western States Land Commissioners look forward to working with the Bureau to coordinate our management efforts, resolve land tenure issues, and successfully perform our fiduciary responsibilities to fund public education in our 23 member states.” Johnson said. “The agreement with the Bureau lays the groundwork for better communication, better management of millions of acres of lands, and the fulfillment of our separate management mandates.”
With a goal of advancing the long-range management objectives of both organizations by resolving outstanding state indemnity selections and identifying and prioritizing state-federal land exchanges and other realty actions, the MOU
enables the BLM and WSLCA to work together in broader, more creative ways.
The BLM and WSLCA will have an opportunity to exhibit the tenets of collaboration in the MOU at WSLCA’s upcoming Winter Conference in Oklahoma City, Jan. 13-17. BLM Assistant Director for Minerals and Realty Management,
Mike Nedd, will represent the agency at that meeting.