Bureau of Land Management
The Wilderness Society’s annual year-end Comparative Analysis of Particular Excellence (CAPE) awards celebrate the agency’s achievements towards wildlands conservation and balanced management of our public lands.
In this 50th Anniversary year of the Wilderness Act, Director Kornze and the National Office showed tremendous leadership in their dedication to protecting wilderness for our future generations.
“Director Kornze’s foresight and leadership are an inspiration,” said Nada Culver, Senior Director for Agency Policy at the Wilderness Society. “The BLM manages hundreds of millions of acres of public lands and its attention to balancing conservation with development in some of our most important landscapes has not gone unnoticed. Our CAPE awards recognize BLM efforts in preserving our wild lands for future generations.”
This year the BLM also initiated a new land use planning process, which the agency is calling Planning 2.0. Planning 2.0 seeks to improve BLM’s management of public lands by making planning more efficient and adaptive, addressing resources at a landscape scale and involving the public early and often.
BLM leadership is also receiving an “honorable mention” for the proposed competitive leasing rule for solar and wind energy development. While not yet finalized, the proposed rule is off to a strong start to ensure renewable energy development is guided to low-conflict areas on our public lands and taxpayers receive a fair return.
The CAPE rating system, ranges from one CAPE on the low end (worth a pat on the back) to five CAPEs on the high end (significant progress).
Additional 2014 CAPE award winners include:
- Roan Plateau Settlement (4 CAPEs): Recipient: Colorado River Valley field office
- Blanca Wetlands ACEC expansion (3 CAPEs): Recipient: San Luis Valley field office (Colorado)
- Solar Energy Program implementation (3 CAPEs): Recipients: California, Colorado and Arizona state offices; Southern Nevada district office
- Sun Valley Mine closure in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument (3 CAPEs): Recipient: Arizona Strip field office
- Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (2 CAPEs): Recipient: California state office
- Lander Master Leasing Plan (1 CAPE): Recipient: Lander field office (Wyoming)
- Parashant International Night Skies Province (1 CAPE): Recipient: Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument (Arizona)
Proposed wind and solar leasing rule
“In 2014, the BLM has continued to focus on important and challenging management efforts, from renewable energy siting to revamping land use planning, said Culver. “We hope to see continued efforts to prioritize protection of our most valuable wildlands and ensure conservation is on equal ground with other uses of our public lands.”