BLM Public Lands Rule Brings Balance to Public Lands Management • Colorado Newsline

As moms, we’re constantly looking for balance, whether it’s managing our responsibilities at work and home, finding time for our own interests, making budgets or, quite literally, when teaching our kids to ride a bike or trekking across a stream over a tree trunk. . Balance keeps things under control and benefits us all.

It is in the spirit of balance that the new Bureau of Land Management Public Lands Rule was established. Previously, management of these public lands focused on other uses while neglecting conservation. Drilling, grazing, livestock farming and recreation were taken into account, but not nature conservation and land conservation.

Until now.

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Recently, the Department of the Interior announced a final rule to guide the BLM in managing resilient ecosystems that will withstand a changing climate, protect existing landscapes that provide critical wildlife habitat, clean air and water, and take into account consider how communities are affected by climate change. changing world. These decisions will be made based on science, data and indigenous knowledge.

Although the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the law that gave the BLM its modern mission, requires the BLM to protect public lands, the Public Lands Rule provides guidance and resources to accomplish this.

It will give land managers tools to protect, restore and maintain our public lands and waters. In Colorado, the BLM manages more than 8.3 million acres of our public lands.

This rule couldn’t have come at a more crucial time. Our public lands are feeling the pressure of climate change and increased use. Recognizing that we are at a critical point in time when we must preserve, protect and properly manage our public lands, the new rule will bring balance to today’s activities, which will also determine the condition in which we treat these valuable lands pass on to future generations.

Approximately 4.3 million jobs in the U.S. are created by outdoor recreation, such as wildlife watching, boating and hiking, on public lands. These activities contribute approximately $11.4 billion to the national economy, primarily impacting the communities that reach these areas.

Our public lands are the backbone of our way of life in the Western states. Here we teach our children to fish, camp and hike. They are the places where we go to find solitude, recreate and relax from our busy lives.

Communities near these lands and waters are also changing. Some are experiencing the benefits of booming economies, while others are doing their best to maintain their way of life as once sleepy cities become increasingly crowded. Approximately 4.3 million jobs in the U.S. are created by outdoor recreation, such as wildlife watching, boating and hiking, on public lands. These activities contribute approximately $11.4 billion to the national economy, primarily impacting the communities that reach these areas. Now new opportunities will emerge for people to participate in decision-making when it comes to issues close to home.

We are grateful to be able to enjoy these varied and vast areas with our families. We believe it is our responsibility to care for them during our time here and to support them for our children, and theirs. This new rule will ensure that these precious countries remain healthy and ready to welcome future generations.

We want to thank BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning for her leadership on the rule and Colorado’s Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper for their support, and Montana Sen. Jon Tester.