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Posted inEnvironment, Featured, Policy

BLM's Conservation Experiment

Under the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s mandate to manage for “multiple use and sustained yield,” grazing, mining and drilling have historically trumped conservation, while lands with significant scenic, biological or cultural resources were usually relinquished to the National Park Service. Then-Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt tried to change that in 2000 when he created the National Landscape Conservation System, now totaling 27 million acres of national monuments, wilderness study areas, wild and scenic rivers, and historic trails. It’s like a more rugged version of the national parks, complete with scenery, wildlife, and archaeological and cultural sites.