A new Bureau of Land Management policy that protects millions of acres of wilderness quality lands across the West has come under attack. Public support of the BLM’s Wild Lands policy is important because this new policy is our best shot at protecting many lands that we have fought to defend from degradation and abuse during the Bush administration.
The House Natural Resources Committee held their first oversight hearing on the Wild Lands policy that was issued in late 2010. I flew out from my home in Boise, Idaho to see the hearing first hand and to try and restore some balance to the conversation.
Unique and previously unprotected places like New Mexico’s Otero Mesa grasslands, Wyoming’s Adobe Town badlands and Utah’s red rock canyons have a new chance at receiving protections they need and deserve.