Why It Matters

Nature and biodiversity are declining at record rates in the U.S. If we don’t stop the decline, we’ll lose vital sources of clean air and water, diverse plants and wildlife, sacred and cultural sites, recreational opportunities, and critical drivers of local economies.

Photo: Steese National Conservation Area, Alaska

Who manages more public land – and fish, wildlife, and plant habitat – than any other agency in the United States?

The Bureau of Land Management
Not enough of nature in the U.S. is protected
Photo: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

Not enough of nature in the U.S. is protected.

85% of the largest acreage of public lands in the country – managed by the Bureau of Land Management – is currently up for grabs and available for mining, development and other activities.

More National Conservation Lands are needed
Photo: Delta Wild and Scenic River, Alaska

More National Conservation Lands are needed

Whether you’re an avid hiker, hunter, or angler, a Tribal member with ancestral connections, or rarely visit public lands, protecting more valuable and vulnerable landscapes is vital.

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82% of voters in the West – from across the political spectrum – support a goal of protecting 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030.


Over 64 million Americans – more than 1 in 6 – live within 100 miles of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Use The Climate Atlas to learn more about the biodiversity, climate, and other benefits of our country’s public lands – and to identify new opportunities for their protection.

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Photo: Bodie Hills, California