America’s Western Lands

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  • New Analytic Tool Can Aid Strategic Land Conservation

    Scientists have developed a new tool to help identify which unprotected public lands offer the best opportunities to connect safeguarded areas across the western United States. The tool’s models and maps can be used to make critical decisions on how to best link and protect vulnerable habitats across broad areas. Read More

  • Bureau of Land Management's Modern Mission Turns 40

    The year 1976 saw not only the bicentennial of the United States but also the birth of the law that brought the phrase “this land is your land” to life. The Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), signed by President Gerald Ford on Oct. 21, 1976, was the spark that ignited change in the way the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)—the federal agency that oversees more public... Read More

  • BLM Releases Final California Desert Management Plan

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued its final decision Sept. 14 on a sweeping California desert plan that seeks to balance land and wildlife conservation with renewable energy development on public lands. The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), represents a landmark collaboration by California, the federal government, and many other stakeholders to provide a... Read More

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