BMP of Oil and Gas Development

Search Help

Text Search - Either Basic or Advanced

Two fields can be searched by Keywords, the Text of BMP and the Short Title. Searching by keywords will find BMPS that contain any of the keywords entered in those two fields.

Example: if you search for "oil gas", your search results will contain every BMP that has either search term in the title or the text.

You can prefix any search term with a plus (+) to indicate that the term must be in the results.

Example: if you search for "+oil+gas", you will match any records that have both terms present. If you search for "+oil gas", you will match any records that have both terms present or only "oil", but not only "gas."

You can prefix any search term with a minus (-) to indicate that the term must NOT be present.

Example: if you search "oil -gas", you will match all records that have "oil" in the title or text but no "gas."

Wildcard characters are used to capture plurals and variations of words.

Example: ? will match zero or one characters. "lek?" will match "lek" or "leks."
Example: * will match zero or more characters. "power*" will match "power", "powerlines", "powerhouse", etc.

You can combine all of the features together.

Example: "lek? +power*" would search for sage grouse leks near powerlines. "raptor? +power* -perch*" which would match raptors near powerlines, but not related to perches (or perching.)

Basic Search


This search will identify BMPs that match ALL of the criteria that you identify.

Choose only one resource/issue Category. The default is "any" which will search through all BMPs. Choose only one Location. The default is "any" which will search through all BMPs. You may leave the Keywords search panel blank. This will result in a search of all BMPs in the selected Category and/or Location.

Use the Keywords search function to limit your results by searching the "Text of BMP" and the "Short Title." The keywords search will only identify BMPs that also match the CATEGORY and LOCATION chosen.

Example: if you search Category = Wildlife disruption and Location = Colorado, including a Keywords search on "lek," your results will not identify BMPs related to leks in Wyoming or to "Wildlife habitat" in Colorado.

Example: if you search for "lek" in the Keywords panel and leave Location and Category with the default "any", your result will be all BMPs with "lek" in the title or text.

Data Display Screen:

A Basic Search will display the BMP ID, the Short Title, and the Text of BMP for each BMP that meets the criteria. You can sort the data by several criteria in the "Sort by" panel.

You can use the Text Searchpanel at the top of the display screen to further limit your original Basic Search results by leaving the Category and Location panels on their original settings.

You can use all of the panels at the top of the data display screen to conduct a new Basic Search.

Advanced Search

The Advanced search function is similar to the Basic Search, but more flexible:

For Keywords Search – See the Basic Search description.

Category, Species, and Location:

For Category, Species, and Location, you can make multiple selections.

With Windows, use the Shift key to select a range of items; use Ctrl to select multiple items.

On a Mac, use the Shift key to select a range of items; use the Command key to select multiple items.

Extra Fields to Display:

The Extra Fields to Display panel allows you to choose data fields for your report. These fields are displayed in addition to the fields displayed with a Basic Search.

See the Data Elements table below for a description of the available fields.

Selecting "Document Title" AND "Include section and page" will display the complete citation for each BMP in your data result.

Selecting "Show bibliographic references" will include the source publication name, primary author, and year of publication and will provide a link to the document.

Printing a Data Report

Data results obtained from a Basic or Advanced Search are formatted for printing. Click the "File" button on your web browser’s tool bar. Click "Print" and follow your normal procedures for printing documents.

This method will only print one "unit" of display at a time. The number of records in a display unit is indicated in the blue bar at the top of the results page., e.g., "Displaying records 1 to 20 of 275 records."

You can choose to display 20, 40, 60, 80, 120 or 160 records at a time by using the SHOW menu on the blue bar. This will allow you to print that many records at a time.

The number of records actually printed per page (i.e., per piece of paper) can be adjusted by zooming your browser’s display.

You may also print to a PDF file, if you have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. On your 'Print" screen click on the dropdown menu next to "Name", choose "Adobe PDF" and click "OK".

Sharing Data

Search results can be "saved" or shared by saving the unique url of the search result. Copy the url from your browser panel to share your result with a colleague or to return to it later.

Example: Click here to obtain a search with Category = Wildlife habitat, Location = Wyoming, and Keyword = raptor

If you use Internet Explorer, you can copy and paste your search result into Microsoft Excel. If you use Firefox, you can use a Zoho Spreadsheet. Zoho is online—it’s free to use, compatible with Excel, and you can share spreadsheets with other users.

With either Excel or Zoho:

Highlight the rows and columns of your search result; click "Copy"

Open a blank Excel or Zoho worksheet

Place your cursor in the upper left cell of the sheet and click "Paste"

You must then format the cells (wrap text, adjust column height and width, etc.) to accommodate the data.

Data Elements

The following elements are entered into the database for each BMP:


A unique number chronologically assigned to the BMP upon data entry.

Short Title

A brief paraphrase of the BMP.

Text of BMP

Quotation of the full text of the BMP. Where available, section headings are included.

Publication Name

The name of the publication from which the BMP is quoted – also called the "source publication."

Citation Article

The major subsection of the publication from which the BMP is quoted, e.g., an appendix.

Citation Page

The page number of the publication from which the BMP is quoted.

Usage Type

Our determination of whether the BMP is "recommended" or "required."


Our determination of when during the development process the BMP is applicable.

Oil/Gas Field or Area

The oil or gas field or region in which the BMP applies, according to the source publication. Regions are defined separately for each state.

Surface and Mineral Ownership

Our determination, based on the source publication, of whether the BMP applies to development of federal, state and/or private minerals and/or surface.

Primary and Alternate Contact

Contact information provided in the source publication.


Our determination of the resources or issues addressed by the BMP.


The state or region in which the BMP applies, according to the source publication.


Specific plant or animal species or groups of animals (e.g. raptors) to which the BMP applies.

Vegetation Type

Our determination from the source document of the type of vegetation in which the BMP applies. (This feature of the database is not yet fully functional.)

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