BLM puts database online

The Bureau of Land Management launched a Web site last week that gives the public access to land and minerals records that previously required an in-person visit to a BLM access center.

The site (www.blm.gov/lr2000) puts the agency's LR2000 database online, enabling users to view, print and download information from nearly 2 billion land and minerals records from the continental United States.

"We were anxious to be able to provide access to the public online. Before, they had to come to one of our public access centers," said Leslie Cone, project manager at BLM.

Cone said the site originally was available on the BLM's intranet, but a team of agency employees and contractors helped move the database to the Internet at a cost of about $200,000. She said more records and data will be put online based on the public's suggestions.

"We want to get comments from the public to help us decide what information they want for things they need," Cone said.

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