BLM Receives C+ from Wilderness Group

The Wilderness Society issued a report this week on land conservation endeavors.
The Wilderness Society issued a report this week on land conservation endeavors.

WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Cheyenne, WY - An overall grade of C+ has been issued to the Bureau of Land Management, according to a new report card released Wednesday by The Wilderness Society. The report tracks how the BLM is doing in keeping National Landscape Conservation System holdings healthy and accessible to the public. Those lands include Wyoming's National Historic Trials Interpretive Center.

Campaign Director Kevin Mack says there has been a marked improvement in availability of information for the public since the first report card issued five years ago, whether those details are on site or online.

Mack says it is notable that these lands are volunteer magnets, accounting for 40% of volunteerism, even though they only make up 10% of BLM holdings.

Mack indicates that National Conservation Lands are also growing in popularity, drawing up to a third of total visitors to all BLM lands.

The “needs improvement” areas the group feels the BLM needs to address include protection for wild and primitive areas; complete inventories of cultural resources; and funding for projects and staff.

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