Alamo Mountain, Otero Mesa, New Mexico. Photo by Nathan Newcomer.
From now until Earth Day, we invite you to read our daily staff tips on how you can make a difference for wildlands.
Did you know that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages 258 million acres of public land? These lands include many spectacular places, like Arizona’s Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Utah’s Nine Mile Canyon, and New Mexico’s southern grassland Otero Mesa. Unfortunately these lands are increasingly under pressure from oil and gas drilling, ORV use and other industrial development. And because these are our public lands, the BLM asks citizens for input on how they are managed. People just like you affect what happens on these lands by speaking up when the agency holds public comment periods.
Tip 4: Connect kids with nature
Tip 5: Leave no canine trace
Tip 6: Volunteer on the land
Tip 7: Be a citizen scientist
The BLM is required by law to provide opportunities for public involvement when the agency makes major planning decisions. These opportunities include writing comment letters to the BLM and attending public meetings. You can tell the BLM what areas are special to you and how you want your public lands managed — influencing long-term management decisions on our western landscapes.
One easy way to ask the BLM to make good conservation and stewardship decisions is to sign up for our WildAlerts, which regularly highlight actions you can take for BLM lands.
— Juli Slivka, Outreach Coordinator, BLM Action Center
photo: Alamo Mountain, Otero Mesa, New Mexico. Photo by Nathan Newcomer.