Visual Resource Management; ensuring future scenic quality on public lands
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages nearly ¼ billion acres of land. That’s a lot of land! This land is managed for multiple uses; recreation, renewable and traditional energy development, live stock grazing, even its scenic quality. Because of its multiple use mandate the BLM is responsible for considering the aesthetic values of landscapes before allowing uses that may have negative visual impacts.
The BLM accomplishes this through its Visual Resource Management (VRM) system, a system that involves inventorying scenic values of BLM lands and establishing management objectives based on scenic quality. VRM provides the agency with a framework to minimize visual impacts of surface disturbing activities and maintain scenic values of America’s public lands for the future.
These photos come from the Visual Resource Inventory of BLM-Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This monument spans over 1.9 million acres and has some of the most scenic vistas our country has to offer.
Story: Gordo Wood; Photos: Allysia Angus