Digest of Federal Resource Laws of Interest to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management Authorities
Bureau of Land Management Authorities: various laws governing the activities of the Bureau
are of interest to the Service as well:
- The Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (43
U.S.C. 1701 et seq.; often referred to as "FLPMA") constitutes the "organic act" for the Bureau and
governs most uses of the public lands.
- The Taylor Grazing Act of 1934, as amended (43
U.S.C. 315, 316) governs
grazing on the public lands.
- The Public Rangeland Improvement Act of 1978 (43
U.S.C. 1901 et. seq)
established policies aimed at improving the conditions of public rangelands for grazing, wildlife
habitat, and other uses.
- The Recreation and Public Purposes Act of 1926, as amended (43
authorizes the Secretary to dispose of public lands to other Federal agencies and State and local
governments for public purposes, and non-profit entities for recreational or public purposes.
A wide variety of other, more specific laws governing activities of the Bureau are codified in
43 of the U.S. Code.
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