Public Lands Policy

Over the past several years, the Conservation Lands Foundation has worked hard to advance the management of the National Conservation Lands and we have realized many policy milestones.

In 2009 Congress Passed the Omnibus Public Lands Bill. The National Conservation Lands became a permanent system of public lands protected for conservation.

In 2010 Secretarial Order 3308 was issued. It established a unified conservation vision for managing the National Conservation Lands. In 2011 BLM released the 15-Year Strategic Plan, setting specific goals for how to manage the National Conservation Lands focusing on conservation, protection and restoration.

In 2012 Policy Manuals were released which interpreted the national policy and set guidance for daily management decision on the ground.

Although we have seen huge progress, the National Conservation Lands have not yet reached their full conservation potential. The Conservation Lands Foundation will continue to work with the Bureau of Land Management to defend and implement the above polices while advocating for higher management standards.


National Conservation Lands Policy Handbook

The Policy Handbook is a great resource if you want to learn more about the National Conservation Lands and how they are managed.

2016 Policy Handbook

2015 Policy Handbook

2014 Policy Handbook

2013 Policy Handbook

2012 Policy Handbook

2011 Policy Handbook

In addition (by request) Types of Land Designations on BLM Lands

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