BLM-National Landscape Conservation System releases 15-Year management strategy
Focus on conservation and ‘compatible uses’
by Bureau of Land Management
September 30, 2011
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today (Friday, Sept. 30, 2011) released a 15-year strategy to guide National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) land management efforts in coming years.
"By continuing to collaborate and successfully develop new partnerships, the BLM can ensure that future generations of Americans have the chance to use and experience these incredible lands just as we do today," said BLM Director Bob Abbey.
The NLCS, which includes some of the most spectacular and special lands in America, is part of the more than 245 million acres administered by the BLM. Managed for multiple uses, America’s resource-rich public lands provide the nation with vital commodities and host remarkable landscapes, ecosystems, and natural and cultural resources.
The new NLCS strategy supports the BLM’s multiple-use mission by ensuring that NLCS management efforts will focus on conservation, while still allowing for other compatible uses, consistent with the designating legislation or presidential proclamation. In addition to conservation, the strategy emphasizes continued collaboration, public involvement, and youth engagement.
Created in June 2000 to conserve, protect, and restore the BLM’s nationally significant resources for future generations, the NLCS now has nearly 900 units encompassing 27 million areas of conservation lands, trails, and waterways—each designated by congressional act or presidential proclamation.
The BLM recognizes that the special lands comprising the NLCS must be managed in the context of the surrounding landscape. To this end, the NLCS strategy is integrated and interdisciplinary. It incorporates ideas offered by the public and BLM employees, as well as state and local governments, partner groups, and other stakeholders.
The BLM plays an important role in protecting the special places where Americans hike and explore, hunt and fish, or simply get away from it all.
"We recognize that the best ideas for conservation come from folks on the ground, and the NLCS strategy provides Americans with enhanced opportunities to share in the stewardship of the lands they treasure," Abbey said.
Outdoor recreational opportunities are vital to the quality of life enjoyed by Americans, as well as international visitors. In 2010, BLM lands had 58 million visits and BLM management of public resources contributed more than $100 billion to the national economy and supported more than 500,000 American jobs.
To read the NLCS 15-Year Strategy visit http://on.doi.gov/pttikY.