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.
The San Juan Islander published a story celebrating some of the remarkable BLM lands in Washington State – not least of which is the recently designated San Juan Islands National Monument. October marked the 40th anniversary of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 which established a new direction for federal lands managed […]
A new study found that local Washington communities near federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management benefited from millions of dollars in spending in 2014 as the result of visitors who came to enjoy non-motorized recreation, such as hiking, hunting, and camping, or “Quiet Recreation.” Read the Press Release and One Page Summary.
Washington Wild is leading efforts statewide to provide meaningful protections for Washington’s unheralded wild lands in eastern Washington. As the largest single land manager of sagebrush habitat in Eastern Washington, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has a critical opportunity this summer to provide meaningful protections through their Resource Management Plan for lands with Wilderness characteristics, wildlife habitat and year round recreational opportunities.