The Wilderness Society's BLM Action Center presents the annual CAPE Awards to the Bureau of Land Management for achieving meaningful protections for public lands. The new administration took some important steps for wildlands conservation this year and we’re excited to count down the BLM's top ten accomplishments of 2009.
Here they are, in order (5 CAPEs is the highest ranking, l the lowest):
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With the arrival of President Obama, the Copenhagen climate talks approach a dramatic climax.
On Thursday Secretary of State Clinton breathed new life into the talks by joining with other developed countries in helping to raise the funding needed to prevent destruction of the world's forests, to adapt to global warming, and to deploy clean technology.
Soon after the youngsters and I reached the top of the mountain, an elder who had been hunting caribou stopped by. The kids quickly settled down. “I just saw three caribou,” the elder said. “They were the first I’ve seen this season. In the old days there would be so many here by this time. But there are fewer and fewer each year.”
Today the U.S. delegation here in Copenhagen continued with a sustained and impressive charm offensive as ministers and heads of state began arriving. Tomorrow, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled make it to the Bella Center, followed on Friday by President Obama himself.
In November, Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the agency is “conducting a comprehensive review of our onshore programs to find out how we can make them more efficient and more rational.” Now is the perfect time for the Secretary to step back and examine the BLM oil and gas program to ensure it allows for the development, conservation and protection of all of the resources BLM is entrusted to manage; not just the oil and gas resources but clean air and water, healthy w