The Facts: Plenty of Room for BLM's New Wild Lands Policy

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently issued Secretarial Order #3310, which directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to identify and consider protecting lands harboring wilderness characteristics within the hundreds of millions of acres of public lands that it manages by designating “Wild Lands.” Although the BLM manages the most lands (245 million acres) of all the federal land management agencies, it has the smallest portfolio of designated wilderness (8.6 million acres).

Comparing lands managed for their wilderness characteristics to lands controlled by the oil and gas industry in five Rocky Mountain states reveals that far more BLM lands are already devoted to energy development than to wild lands protection.

View the Fact Sheet below.