New Plan Will Protect Over One Million Acres of Wyoming’s Red Desert
The Bureau of Land Management just released the long-awaited resource management plan for Wyoming’s Red Desert, a region recognized for the remarkable 150-mile mule deer migration corridor, significant cultural resources, and world-class recreation.
The plan, which is now open for a 90-day public comment period, designates 16 Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, totaling more than 1.8 million acres, and closes over 60% of the planning area to oil and gas development.
The Conservation Lands Foundation has been working for many years on this long-awaited plan and it’s one of many that our staff and local Friends organizations are currently involved with. Stay tuned for a deep dive on these plans and why they’re critical to protecting vulnerable and valuable public lands. Continue reading.
Another Win for National Monument Protections!
Last Friday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the State of Utah challenging President Biden’s use of the Antiquities Act to reinstate the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. The Conservation Lands Foundation has been defending these monuments in court for more than five years and this dismissal was a huge victory in our efforts to protect these important landscapes. Read more.
Photo: Bob Wick
President Biden Designates New National Monument
In case you missed it, last week President Biden designated his fifth national monument - Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni – Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument in Arizona. The designation protects nearly one million acres of land sacred to many Tribal Nations in the Southwest and the thousands of cultural and sacred sites that are precious to them.
We celebrate President Biden’s use of the Antiquities Act to designate a new monument and add a unit of more than 600,000 acres to the National Conservation Lands that honors requests from Tribal Nations and local communities. Read more.
Photo: Jim Dublinski
Community Leaders in Action: Friends and Neighbors of Deschutes Canyon Area
Congratulations to Friends and Neighbors of Deschutes Canyon Area for receiving the prestigious Bureau of Land Management “Group Excellence” national volunteer award.
Contributing nearly 4,000 hours of service each year in and around Oregon's Deschutes Canyon and sharing their passion for the area by teaching about invasive weeds, native plants, geology, and wildlife during workshops and guided walks is definitely award-worthy!
Photo: Bureau of Land Management
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