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BLM Sign Guidebook

This National Sign Guidebook presents information for planning, designing, fabricating, procuring, installing, and maintaining signs in a clear, complete, and user friendly format.

by Bureau of Land Management


Bureau of land management sign guide book


Effective communication requires the clear, concise delivery of an understandable message through a powerful medium. Signs are one of the avenues for conveying infor­mation to the public about the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). They are a key factor in the way the public views the BLM’s competency to manage the public lands and waters under its jurisdiction. Signs on the BLM-managed public lands and waters are our “silent employees.”

A comprehensive sign program fosters safety, facilitates the management of an area, pro­vides a learning opportunity for visitors, and offers a positive image and identity for all entities involved in the management of that area. This National Sign Guidebook estab­lishes standards and guidelines for signs and the BLM’s National Sign Program. Signs purchased and installed on the public lands must comply with a number of procurement and accessibility laws and regulations. This National Sign Guidebook presents information for planning, designing, fabricating, procuring, installing, and maintaining signs in a clear, complete, and user friendly format for all BLM employees.

Published December 2004

About the Author


The Bureau of Land Management in the US Dept. of the Interior sponsors many courses and workshops through a variety of training opportunities. Trails, recreation, land management, technical training, and public involvement are topics that are frequently covered. The BLM has also been a leader in establishing and developing the National Trails Training Partnership.

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