BLM to Inventory Areas for Wild Lands Designation
ORDER NO. 3310, signed by Secretary Salazar and announced in Denver on December 22, 2010, is designed to protect the wilderness characteristics of Bureau of Land Management lands. BLM will inventory lands with wilderness characteristics and designate eligible lands as Wild Lands. Changes to management as a result of this classification will require a public planning process. Some grazing activities, oil, gas and mineral extraction, and mechanized uses are most likely to be impacted by a Wild Lands designation. Since the order requires BLM to protect the wilderness characteristics of Wild Lands, AOA has asked BLM if there will be new documentation requirements for permits once the agency makes that determination. Documentation for permits will be dependent on the uses and management restricions that evolve from the designation.
The Secretarial Order (Order) provides direction to the BLM to maintain wilderness resource inventories on a regular and continuing basis. The inventory will determine which lands are “Lands with Wilderness Characteristics” (LWC). BLM will accept suggestions and documentation from the public on which lands should receive the Wild Lands designation.
The Order directs the BLM to protect wilderness characteristics of Wild Lands through land use planning and project-level decisions unless the BLM determines that impairment of wilderness characteristics is appropriate and consistent with other applicable requirements of law and other resource management considerations. When the decision is made to designate an area as Wild Lands, the decision will also identify the actions to be taken to protect those areas.
The text of Secretary Salazar’s BLM Wild Lands Order can found Here. The BLM Wilderness inventory handbook is available Here. The BLM Wild Lands draft planning manual is available HERE. These documents describe how BLM will inventory and manage suitable lands to protect wilderness characteristics.
To qualify for the Wild Lands designation, generally, the area must meet the following criteria.
- Size matters. Roadless areas with at least 5,000 contiguous acres of land that have formally been found to have wilderness values or potential wilderness values.
- Naturalness. The area must appear to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, and any work of human beings must be substantially unnoticeable. Some human works such as small reservoirs, fire towers, hitching posts and overgrown two-track ways will not disqualify areas from designation.
- Opportunities for Solitude or a Primitive and Unconfined Type of Recreation. The manual states that BLM will determine if the area has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation. The area may have either or both to qualify.
- Supplemental Values. If size, naturalness and outstanding opportunities criteria are met, then BLM will determine if the area contains ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.
Chairman of Natural Resources Committee Announces Subcommittee Chairs
Rep. Doc Hastings has announced Natural Resources Subcommittee Chairmen for the 112th Congress (listed in alphabetical order by subcommittee):
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
Chairman: Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
Chairman: John Fleming (LA-04)
Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
Chairman: Don Young (AK-at large)
Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
Chairman: Rob Bishop (UT-01)
Subcommittee on Water and Power
Chairman: Tom McClintock (CA-04)
America Outdoors Association Launches eLearning Program with Facebook Course
We are excited to partner with eLearningU to provide ongoing education through live and recorded one hour training programs. Every week you can attend an online course which includes opportunities at the end of the training program for you to ask questions. All courses are delivered live are recorded and will be available through the eLearningU web site for you to take anytime, anywhere, so if you need a course on how the search engines work for tomorrow's meeting with your web developer, you can take a 1 hour course from home or the office.
AOA members receive a 20% discount on all courses. This Week's Online Class:
- DON'T Jump On the Social Media Bandwagon (This course is designed to help you lay out a strategy before jumping into social media).
- Date: Thursday, January 6, 2010
- Time: 1:00 PM Central
- Registration Fee $49.95 or $39.96 (20% Discount) for America Outdoors Members (Use Coupon Code AOA)
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- January 13 - Developing Your Social Media Strategy
- January 20 - Facebook Marketing 101
- January 27 - Facebook Marketing - Your Facebook Page
- February 3 - Facebook Advertising
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- February 17 - Marketing through Facebook Apps
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