Wilderness Society President Submits Letter to Congressional Record in Support of Secretarial Order

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

In a letter to Doc Hastings, Chairman of House Committee on Natural Resources and Edward Markey, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, The Wilderness Society President William H. Meadows sent words of support for Secretarial Order #330 announced in late December 2010.

His letter states:

"On behalf of The Wilderness Society I am writing to express our strong support for the Bureau of Land Management’s new Wild Lands policy, as set forth in Secretarial Order #3310 issued by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on December 22, 2010. The Wilderness Society's mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places; and this Order, like our mission, is an important tool for safeguarding our national treasure of wild lands.

Secretarial Order #3310 reverses the flawed policy adopted by former Secretary Norton and the state of Utah to vitiate the BLM’s responsibility to inventory, designate and protect millions of acres of public lands that harbor wilderness characteristics. In issuing the new policy, Secretary Salazar recognized the Department of Interior’s legal obligation under Section 102(a)(8) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA)..."