43 CFR 3601.6 - Policy.
It is BLM's policy:
(a) To make mineral materials available unless it is detrimental to the public interest to do so;
(b) To sell mineral material resources at not less than fair market value;
(c) To permit Federal, State, Territorial, and local government entities and non-profit organizations free use of these materials for qualified purposes;
(d) To protect public land resources and the environment and minimize damage to public health and safety during the exploration for and the removal of such minerals;
(e) To prevent unauthorized removal of mineral materials; and