NRDC Response to New Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ‘Public Land Rule’

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a new rule on the conservation of public land in the wake of several notable environmental decisions by the Biden-Harris administration. These decisions include both new national monuments and marine protective measures.

The new ‘Public Land Rule’ is a timely opportunity to bring greater balance to BLM’s mission “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.”

The following is a statement by Helen O’Shea, director of the Protected Areas Project at NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council):

“The time is ripe for BLM to strengthen its commitment to conservation and bring its multiple use mandate into the 21st century, creating the strong and resilient stewardship needed for these changing times. We appreciate the meaningful conservation measures in this new rule that have the promise to advance biodiversity, climate resilience and equity on our public lands.” 

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