June 05, 2005

Protecting Our National Monuments

Five years ago, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the formation of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) to help focus on some of the most unique lands managed by the BLM (and thus, lands that we, the American public, own). As the website says:

Managing these areas is part of the multiple-use mission of the Bureau of Land Management—an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior—to sustain the health of the public lands for present and future generations.

Yet, as with many things under the Bush administration, what was once a way to help protect these magnificant landscapes has turned into a backdoor way to exploit them without regards to future generations.

The Wilderness Society is working to prevent the mismanagement of these landscapes and are asking for citizen participation to stop this misuse of our public lands. WS puts the problem this way:

Unfortunately, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the agency that manages NLCS lands, is more interested in protecting oil and gas interests than in conserving our natural heritage. Not only have they under-funded and under staffed the NLCS program, they're also pushing to open many of these irreplaceable special places to oil and gas drilling!

We need your help to make sure that land conservation becomes a top priority for the BLM.

The Wilderness Society has created a special online action center in honor of the 5th anniversary of the NLCS where visitors can learn more about this extraordinary system and take action to make sure that the BLM starts to take the NLCS seriously.

The NLCS is a major breakthrough in the way we protect our most valuable landscapes. But under Interior Secretary Gale Norton’s watch, the Bureau of Land Management has poured countless resources into opening our public lands to oil and gas development, threatening these unique places directly while also leaving the NLCS under staffed, under funded, and under protected.

Please let Gale Norton know that we expect better protection for the jewels of our public lands.

Visit the Wilderness Society Action center here to help prevent the trashing of some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes we own.

Posted by Mary at June 5, 2005 10:45 PM | Activism | Technorati links |

Great post! I will follow your link. I have been staying on BLM and park service land on the American West Identity Quest that I am on. It is essential that we preserve the Natural heritage we have in this country for future generations and not allow energy exploiters like Gale Norton or the Bush Administration destroy our natural landscape. Many of the BLM land is just as beautiful and just as precious as the land that is designated National Park or National Monument. I have posted several pictures of BLM land in the American West at: http://spective.blog.com/AWIQ/

I will look into finding out what I can do individually. Once again, nice post!

Posted by: Tony Scauzillo at June 5, 2005 11:53 PM