Wilderness and the BLM
Relative to: Wilderness designation rights returned to BLM.
Every acre of protected wilderness is a good thing. You can’t have too much wilderness, and anyone who thinks the US is anywhere close to reaching that point is deluding themselves. So it is with Christmas Joy that I read about the Obama Administration’s plan to give the Bureau of Land Management the right to set land aside for Federal protection as wilderness. The decision reverses a Bush Administration policy, restricting the BLM.
The Bush Policy, “derided by some as the “No More Wilderness” policy — stated that new areas could not be recommended for wilderness protection by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and it opened millions of acres to potential commercial development.” Americans should rejoice that this policy is being reversed; it was terrible and unfortunate in the first place.
The Obama plan will create a new designation, “Wild Lands,” which can then be set aside by congress as protected wilderness. I’m not quite sure why this new step is necessary, but I am happy to see the possibility of increased land protection.