Wild Lands Announcement Heightens Importance for BLM to Protect Wilderness Quality Lands in the West

Jun 1, 2011


In a disappointing move today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a revised approach to managing wilderness-quality lands in light of the funding limitation placed on Secretarial Order 3310, also known as the Wild Lands Policy.

The following statement is from William H. Meadows, President of The Wilderness Society:

“We are deeply disappointed in Secretary Salazar’s decision today to undermine his Wild Lands policy. This policy helped provide the guidance needed by the Bureau of Land Management to properly manage lands as required by the Federal Land policy and Management Act of 1976. Today’s memorandum ignores the BLM’s obligation to protect wilderness values and effectively lets stand former Secretary Gale Norton’s deeply flawed decision to prohibit the BLM from properly managing those public lands that harbor wilderness values. Without strong and decisive action from the Department of Interior, wilderness will not be given the protection it is due, putting millions of acres of public lands at risk.

It’s important to keep in mind that these lands belong to all Americans.  This apparent capitulation to opponents of wilderness protection is deeply disturbing – we hope the Secretary will reassert his previous leadership in recognizing the Interior Department’s responsibly to protect our most sensitive landscapes for future generations.”

For more information related to this topic and the need for Wild Lands policy, visit:

  • Wilderness At Risk: A Photographic Tour
  • The Facts: The Bureau of Land Managements New Wild Lands Policy
  • The Facts: Economic Benefits of Wildlands
  • The Facts: Plenty of Room for BLM's New Wild Lands Policy
  • Reality Check: Wild Lands Policy Myth vs. Fact
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