The Wilderness Society's BLM Action Center presents the annual CAPE Awards to the Bureau of Land Management for achieving meaningful protections for public lands. The new administration took some important steps for wildlands conservation this year and we’re excited to count down the BLM's top ten accomplishments of 2009.
Here they are, in order (5 CAPEs is the highest ranking, l the lowest):
In November, Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the agency is “conducting a comprehensive review of our onshore programs to find out how we can make them more efficient and more rational.” Now is the perfect time for the Secretary to step back and examine the BLM oil and gas program to ensure it allows for the development, conservation and protection of all of the resources BLM is entrusted to manage; not just the oil and gas resources but clean air and water, healthy w
In 2009 you helped us begin to tear down the destructive environmental legacy of the Bush administration. Our members and supporters sent more than 1 million letters to decision makers, while our staff worked closely with the incoming administration and Congress.
This past summer, the Wilderness Society Alaska office and our Native Alaskan partners had reason to celebrate: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its intent to choose the “no action alternative” in its upcoming final decision for the proposed Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge land exchange in Alaska.
This year is shaping up to be a banner year for environmental policy. The Obama administration is making decisions based on sound science and reason, peeling away actions and policies created in the past administration that significantly weakened environmental protections. The administration is establishing a new hope for our forests and wildlife.
After years of suffering through a presidential administration that starved federal conservation programs of adequate funding, such programs are finally getting the needed boost they deserve.
In October, Congress gave a significant funding increase to the Interior Department, which is responsible for most U.S. land conservation and management. The $4.6 billion funding increase will go towards a series of important projects and initiatives long pushed for by The Wilderness Society and the rest of the conservation community.
Aldo Leopold, co-founder of The Wilderness Society and a preeminent voice in the conservation world defined wilderness as “a continuous stretch of country preserved in its natural state, open to lawful hunting and fishing, big enough to absorb a two week’s [horse] pack trip.” In his most famous book, A Sand County Almanac, he provided two examples of “primitive skills in pioneering travel…”one of these is canoe travel, and the other is travel by packtrain.”