A User's Guide to BLM Policy on Lands with Wilderness Characteristics

Monday, April 22, 2013
Otero Mesa
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

Instruction Memorandum 2011-154 and Manuals 6310 and 6320 set out the BLM’s approach to protecting wilderness characteristics on the public lands. This guidance acknowledges that wilderness is a resource that is part of BLM’s multiple use mission, requires the BLM to keep a current inventory of wilderness characteristics, and directs the agency to consider protection of these values in land use planning decisions.

The policy provides opportunities to trigger a reassessment of wilderness characteristics and to advocate for protection of wilderness characteristics. The Wilderness Society developed this user's guide to highlight the most important elements of each document so that advocates can effectively use the policy to protect wilderness-quality lands.

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