The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering a transformational change to how they manage public lands. The agency’s Conservation and Landscape Health Proposed Rule would ensure public lands and waters have equal priority with resource extraction within the agency’s management decisions.
The nation’s public lands – our lands – are supposed to be managed in ways that balance multiple uses. Instead, the BLM, which manages almost 40% of our public lands, keeps over 90% of those lands in the lower 48 states open to leasing for oil and gas development, with the vast majority also open to grazing and hard rock mining.
The BLM’s management priorities have neglected conservation, recreation, wildlife, fragile watersheds, and cultural resource protection. The proposed Conservation Rule would restore balance to the agency’s management decision-making and help achieve the conservation goal of protecting 30% of New Mexico’s lands and waters by 2030. Such a change would result in healthy local communities, water, and wildlife, while building resilience against the worst impacts of drought, wildfire, and extreme weather wrought by climate change.
You can voice your support for the Conservation Rule in three ways:
- Attend a public meeting hosted by the BLM in Albuquerque on Tuesday, May 30th, from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC). The IPCC is located at 2401 12th St NW
- Participate in a virtual meeting on Monday, June 5th from 9:30 am-11:30 am
- Submit a public comment to the BLM by June 20th through our allies at Act Now for Public Lands. You can review some of our talking points here.
Attend a public meeting hosted by the BLM in Albuquerque on Tuesday, May 30th, from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC). The IPCC is located at 2401 12th St NW
If you can, please plan to attend BLM’s in-person meeting on May 30th. Please participate in this session and show your strong support for a balanced approach to managing our public lands and emphasize that New Mexicans value conservation, clean air and water, recreation, wildlife habitat, and cultural resources.