Across vast areas of BLM-managed western lands, prehistoric surficial rock features such as tipi rings, medicine wheels, cairns, and other ambiguous rock arrangements have lain in situ, undisturbed for hundreds or thousands of years.
The BLM National Operations Center (NOC), as part of an ongoing pilot project with the Royal Gorge Field Office (RGFO) in Canon City, Colorado, is using remotely sensed imagery from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for mine site production verification (PV). The current PV process is labor-intensive, includes extensive field work, and is cost prohibitive, which resu
In summer 2017, the BLM National Operations Center (NOC) participated in a BLM Washington, D.C., Office pilot program to use imagery from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to characterize important cultural, archaeological, and paleontological sites on BLM land. As part of this program, the BLM NOC spent a week in June 2017 at the Farmington Field Office (FFO), Farmi
The BLM National Operations Center (NOC) provides remotely sensed geospatial data products to support fire management officials conducting Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation (ESR) activities on wildfire-affected BLM lands. The ESR program is implemented to lessen post-fire effects such as erosion and to restore affected habitats.
The Permian Basin in New Mexico and Texas is a leading source of oil production for the United States and is experiencing rapid energy development. The BLM holds millions of acres of mineral estate—including within the Permian Basin—which must be administered.