Locking up the land. Endangering our economy. Limiting jobs. That is what a few squeaky wheels would like you to believe are the impacts to our communities from national monuments and added protections for America’s great open spaces.
Many of our treasured western wild lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management are at risk to destructive development as a result of Bush administration's 2003 "No More Wilderness" policy and the recent funding limitation on Secretary Salazar's Wild Lands policy.
According to U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis 2009 data the drilling and production of oil and natural gas directly generates 799,100 jobs. The PDF file shows the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) ranking of industry jobs.
A federal government shutdown would trigger a wide variety of setbacks for our public lands and natural resources that would worsen over time. Check this fact sheet for details on how federal agencies and the public lands and natural resources they protect will be affected by a shutdown.
The Wilderness Society will continue to update this document as more information comes in.