Public Lands Politics: Interest Group Influence on the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management

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Multiple-Use Management Procedures

Local field officers of the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are responsible for specific areas of land--national forests or national grasslands and their component ranger districts in the national forest system, and districts and their component resource areas in the BLM's system. The job of the local land manager is to administer the various programs by which the public lands are made available for use by the public. Thus, the national political controversies that envelop the Forest Service and BLM ultimately affect the administrative or decision- making routines of local land managers. Timber, grazing, wilderness, and other benefits are provided not in the halls of the South Agriculture or Interior buildings in Washington, but "on the ground."

The politics of local land management cannot be understood apart from the uses of the public lands, nor can those uses be understood apart from the administrative procedures through with they are provided. As described in previous chapters, multiple use was enshrined as the cardinal doctrine of Forest Service and BLM management by the Multiple Use- Sustained Yield Act, the Classification and Multiple Use Act, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. That abstract doctrine is translated into on-the-ground reality by the agencies' standard operating procedures. Those procedures, the subject of this chapter, should really

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