UAS Operations over Department of Interior Lands
Secretarial Order 3379 prohibits the purchase, contract, and operation of UAS by DOI entities, with exceptions for Emergency Operations and Emergency Readiness.
Generally, non-DOI entities such as hobbyists, universities, or commercial organizations operating UAS on DOI lands are not impacted by SO3379, provided their operations are not in benefit of a DOI agency. Any UAS operation must still comply with FAA and local land use policy.
The Bureau of Land Management is the proprietor of a Call When Needed (CWN) UAS contract for incident response. This contract is administered through the DOI Office of Aviation Services and is not currently open for bids.