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Energy and minerals

An array of tall wind turbines are spread out over the desert floor (photo by Joshua Winchell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).
An array of tall wind turbines are spread out over the desert floor (photo by Joshua Winchell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).


Ecosystems and watersheds

Air, soil, and water 

System drivers

Baseline carbon

Plants and animals

Socioeconomic conditions
Ecosystem services
Multiple use
Recreation and scenery
Energy and minerals
Tribal importance
Heritage areas
Land status
Designated areas

These publications and tools provide information regarding energy and mineral development. The information here should be supplemented by information specific to the individual planning unit.

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Energy and Minerals


USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries

Applicability: Includes geologic maps and datasets of several National Forests in the regions 1 through 4.

Summary: The following topics are currently covered by the Mineral Commodity Summaries: domestic production and uses; U.S. salient statistics; recycling; import sources; tariff; depletion allowance; government stockpile; events, trends, and issues; world production, reserves, and reserve base; world resources; and substitutes.

Scope / Scale: Forest-specific reports.


USGS mineral resources online spatial data

Applicability: This resource includes site-specific mineral data. It can be accessed either through a web-based tool or through GIS. Users can also find locations of active mines or generate geologic data.

Summary: Allows geographic searches to narrow down areas and then generate reports from a variety of USGS sources.

Scope / Scale: 8-digit HUC watersheds.


BLM Oil and Gas

Applicability: This resource includes Excel data with oil and gas leases on federal lands.

Summary: The BLM compiles a large amount of statistical information relating to oil and gas leasing on Federal lands. Below are links to tables and spreadsheets with data that include the numbers of BLM-administered oil and gas leases, applications for permit to drill, and oil and gas wells. Most of the statistics on this page cover Fiscal Years 1988-2012. The data begin in 1988 because that was the first year the BLM began to issue leases under the Federal Onshore Oil and Gas Leasing Reform Act. Tables 12 and 13 cover different timeframes.

Scope / Scale: Specific to federal lands.


BLM Coal Lease data

Applicability: This resource includes a basic table with coal leases, acres, and sales by state.

Summary: This table provides information about the number of total leases in effect, total acres under lease, and the number of lease sales at the end of each fiscal year since 1990. Acreage totals may vary slightly because rounding is used.

Scope / Scale: State level.


Department of Energy Renewable Energy Resource Maps

Applicability: This resource, on renewable energy, provides data from the Department of Energy including GIS layers for biomass, geothermal, solar, wind, and hydrogen hotspots and resources.

Summary: The Department of Energy (DOE) and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) compiled the renewable energy resource maps.

Scope / Scale: Variable scale in a spatial, GIS tool. Can generate data at a county level.


Productivity -- The capacity of the NFS lands and their ecological systems to provide the various renewable resources in certain amounts in perpetuity. For the purposes of this subpart, productivity is an ecological term, not an economic term.

**Except where noted, definitions are taken from §219.19 "Definitions" of the 2012 Planning Rule.