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Endanged Sage Grouse, Photo Courtesy of BLM

Endanged Sage Grouse, Photo Courtesy of BLM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages more than 422,000 acres of land in Washington State, including conservation gems like the Juniper Dunes Wilderness, San Juan Islands National Monument, and the Chopaka Mountain Wilderness Study Area. However, only 3% of all BLM lands statewide are protected as part of the agency’s National Conservation Lands System.

Chopaka Mountain by Steve Biber

Chopaka Mountain by Steve Biber

The BLM’s multiple use management mandate has largely focused on development activities including grazing, mining, oil and gas drilling and energy development, however this is starting to change. Washington Wild is leading efforts to support balancing existing development on BLM lands by adding meaningful protections to rivers, sage brush, wild landscapes and recreation areas in eastern Washington.

We are working to mobilize citizen support for conservation in the BLM’s 15-year Resource Management Plan to solidify a conservation legacy for BLM in Washington State. The Resource Management Plan is an opportunity to ensure management for tens of thousands of acres of Lands With Wilderness Characteristics, recommend important rivers for Wild & Scenic River protection and provide critical protections for imperiled sage grouse habitat.

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