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.
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.
Earlier this year in March, President Donald Trump signed legislation into law (H.J. Res. 44) that repealed recently completed planning regulations that were meant to increase transparency and provide more public input on resource management plans for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. The Planning 2.0 regulations were the first updates since 1983 for the […]
Today the controversial Resilient Forests Act of 2017 (H.R. 2936) passed the House Natural Resources Committee and is headed to the House floor. This bill, introduced by Rep. Bruce Westerman [R-AR-4] is a dangerous attack on our national forests and other public lands. If passed the bill would allow unprecedented unregulated logging, weaken protections of […]
On March 27th, President Donald Trump signed legislation into law (H.J. Res. 44) that would repeal recently completed planning regulations that increase transparency and provide more public input on resource management plans for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. The Planning 2.0 regulations were the first updates since 1983 for the Bureau of Land Management […]