The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages over 240 million acres – more than 40% – of all US public lands.
The BLM’s mission is to manage public lands for multiple uses, including conservation.
But for decades, the agency has largely focused on resource extraction (such as oil and gas development) and other uses rather than conservation, recreation, and resource protection.
Recently, BLM launched a comment period to gather feedback about the proposed Public Lands Rule, which would elevate conservation as an important use and increase the focus on cultural lands protection, conservation, recreation, wildlife, and addressing climate impacts.
This is not only one of the best strategies for achieving the goals laid out in the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful plan to protect 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030…
…but promoting conservation can contribute to healthy communities, water, and wildlife – and provide a buffer against the worst impacts of drought, wildfire, and extreme weather.
In recent years, we have seen fires tear through forests, terrible flooding in coastal areas, and droughts threatening communities and ecosystems. These events leave the land unavailable for recreation or economic development.
In addition, the BLM Public Lands Rule could help to protect important cultural landscapes and sites that are often at risk from climate impacts and other threats.
The Coalition submitted comments supporting the proposed BLM Public Lands Rule.
This is an opportunity for our voices to be heard. Let the Biden administration know that public lands should be managed to help protect wildlife, resources, watersheds, and recreational opportunities. Help protect these spaces for the future.