An announcement is expected soon from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Neil Kornze, director of the Bureau of Land Management, on the greatest landscape-level conservation effort ever undertaken by the agency. By mid-September, the Obama administration will release two Records of Decision to guide the management of more than 50 million acres of public land that are home to greater sage-grouse, elk, mule deer, pronghorns, golden eagles, and hundreds of other species.
These plans about the management of public land within the sagebrush habitat—which stretches across 10 Western states—incorporate the best available science and responsibly balance energy development with conservation. Read more to learn why voters in states with sage-grouse populations support strong measures to protect the bird and its habitat, how these lands benefit local economies, and why they are necessary to preserve the Western way of life.
The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued final plans today that balance conservation with economic development across 10 Western states. These Records of Decision will direct the management of more than 50 million acres of public lands that are home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse, as well as elk, mule deer, pronghorn, golden eagles, and hundreds of other species.
The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management issued final Records of Decision on Sept. 22 to implement historic plans that responsibly balance conservation with energy development on millions of acres of public lands across 10 Western states. This is the largest conservation effort ever undertaken by the Bureau of Land Management and the biggest land protection initiative of the Obama administration.
On May 28, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its single largest conservation effort at the landscape level ever—a proposed plan to protect habitat across 10 Western states for the greater sage-grouse.
A new report by ECONorthwest, an independent economics firm, shows that visitors who hike, camp, hunt, and relax on sagebrush lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management generate hundreds of millions of dollars for Western state economies.