Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Monday made conservation a priority in the Bureau of Land Management, signing an order intended to boost protection of 27 million acres of land in the West.
…Salazar singled out the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System, which oversees the agency’s national monuments, conservation lands and wildlife areas.
Salazar’s order makes conservation a greater priority on the system’s lands…
[T]he BLM encourages visitors. Recreational opportunities include hiking, hunting and fishing. …Salazar said 9 million people a year visit the conservation lands, and with the money spent on equipment, guides and supplies, he said the lands have become “an engine for jobs and economic growth in local communities.”