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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-23-10 01:37 PM
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BLM overturns Bush's 'No More Wilderness' policy; millions of acres once again eligible for federal
Salazar, Abbey Restore Protections for America's Wild Lands

Washington, DC - A secretarial order issued today by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar restores balance and clarity to the management of public lands by establishing common-sense policy for the protection of backcountry areas where Americans recreate, find solitude, and enjoy the wild.

Secretarial Order 3310 directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), based on the input of the public and local communities through its existing land management planning process, to designate appropriate areas with wilderness characteristics under its jurisdiction as "Wild Lands" and to manage them to protect their wilderness values.

"Americans love the wild places where they hunt, fish, hike, and get away from it all, and they expect these lands to be protected wisely on their behalf," said Salazar. "This policy ensures that the lands of the American public are protected for current and future generations to come."

The BLM, which manages more land than any other federal agency, has not had any comprehensive national wilderness policy since 2003, when the wilderness management guidance in the agency's handbook was revoked as part of a controversial out-of-court settlement between then-Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, the State of Utah, and other parties.

"The new Wild Lands policy affirms the BLM's authorities under the law - and our responsibility to the American people - to protect the wilderness characteristics of the lands we oversee as part of our multiple use mission," said BLM Director Bob Abbey.

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2010/december...

Hopefully this will prevent Tester-like- abominations to be passed?
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-23-10 01:39 PM
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1. w00t!
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-23-10 01:39 PM
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2. K&R
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-23-10 01:42 PM
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3. A big k&r for letting wild, wild remain. nt
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-23-10 02:04 PM
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4. This is good news.

Waiting for the haters to find something wrong with this decision!
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felix_numinous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-23-10 02:40 PM
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5. GOOD news.
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