National forests are managed for a broad range of multiple uses, from wilderness protection to recreation to timber management and resource development. The Forest Service manages national forest mineral resources and BLM oversees drilling activities. The agencies also work with stakeholders and other members of the public to balance conservation and resource needs.
The Forest Service develops land use plans, with significant public input, that determine if and where leasing activities are appropriate. If interest in leasing exists and the land meets the leasing criteria in the Forest Plan, the Forest Service gives consent for leasing to the BLM. The BLM manages the leasing process and issues the lease. The two agencies work together to administer the lease once the lease is issued.
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