Public Lands Rule Backed by Clear Majority in Western States

Conservation Lands Foundation
|August 17, 2023

A clear majority of voters in public lands states want to see conservation better incorporated into federal planning.

BLM Public Lands Rule Backed by Clear Majority in Western States

A strong majority of voters across the political spectrum support the new Bureau of Land Management's new rule to give conservation equal footing with other uses of public lands according to a new poll released today by the Center for Western Priorities, which surveyed Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. 

"This poll confirms what we knew all along -- the people who live in communities most impacted by the rule want to see it happen," said Danielle Murray, Senior Policy and Legal Director at Conservation Lands Foundation. "All the noise coming from politicians in Washington D.C. shouldn't distort the truth: Conservation is popular and voters want it to have equal footing for other land uses." 

The poll asked voters if they wanted conservation to be "a use of the land, equal to other uses such as mining, oil drilling, and mining." Here are the levels of support it found in each state: 

  • 66% of Arizonans 
  • 70% of Coloradans
  • 66% of Nevadans

Learn more about the campaign to balance public lands management through the new rule at


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