In keeping with its commitment to working with federal, state, local, and tribal government partners, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a newly updated Desk Guide to Cooperating Agency Relationships and Coordination with Intergovernmental Partners.
Through offering cooperating agency status, the BLM invites state, local, and tribal governments, along with other federal agencies, who have jurisdiction or special expertise to share their insights so that we can cooperatively formulate land use planning documents that better reflect the needs and conditions of the American people.
“Coordination is a vital part of the BLM’s day-to-day operations. One the most effective ways we coordinate is through the ‘Cooperating Agency’ status, which affords our governmental partners a seat at the table as we work together on land use plans and projects,” BLM Director Bob Abbey said. “The desk guide the BLM is releasing today should help guide activities with governmental partners and provide clearer understanding of the commitment, roles and responsibilities of both cooperators and the BLM as we engage in land use planning and project development.”
The updated Desk Guide provides our intergovernmental partners with information they need to help them:
The BLM will distribute copies of the Desk Guide to each of the counties in the 12 Western states where the agency manages some 245 million acres of surface lands. The BLM will also provide individual copies of the Desk Guide to the states and tribes with whom it works. Copies of the desk guide are also available online at the planning section of the BLM’s website: www.blm.gov/planning/cadg.
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