The Bureau of Land Management Action Center, a program of the Wilderness Society, conducts scientific analysis and advocacy to protect western public lands. This grant would continue support for three priorities: (1) securing strong, conservation-oriented policy on fossil fuel and renewable energy development, (2) ensuring that roadless areas are protected from development, and (3) using new public land management plans to protect wildlife habitat by reducing the impacts of off-road vehicles. The Center would seek to secure better management and protection of four million acres of Bureau of Land Management land; a 50 percent reduction in areas permitting off-road vehicles in Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, and California; protection of all roadless lands from fossil energy leasing; and completion of a new West-wide plan by the Department of the Interior to guide solar energy development on public lands.
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for general operating support
The Wilderness Society’s mission is to unite people to protect America’s wild places. This Western Conservation grantee organization works to make public lands a solution to the climate and extinction crises — for everyone — and grow an inclusive conservation movement to ensure all people benefit equitably from public lands. Guided by science, the Wilderness Society applies policy analysis, outreach, and communications expertise to protect and defend nature for all. It works toward enduring conservation gains that transcend politics by building meaningful relationships nationally and in communities. (Substrategy: Advance Conservation Protections)
for public lands protection opportunities
Many administrative actions to protect public lands were delayed until after the 2012 elections. These include potential new national monument designations and whether to lease sensitive wildlife habitat for oil and gas development. This grant to The Wilderness Society would support the organization's efforts to secure protective decisions for ecologically important public land during the post-election season. The Wilderness Society is the only national conservation organization whose sole focus is the nation's public lands. The Society will use communications, outreach and organizing and public education as tools to help accomplish its protection goals.