U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
March 4, 2010
In Reply Refer To:
6100 (170) P
EMS TRANSMISSION 03/05/2010
Information Bulletin No. 2010-043
To: All Field Officials
Subject: Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the National Landscape Conservation System
This year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The BLM Washington Office is hosting four national events and the States are hosting numerous local events. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and I will be personally participating in several of these activities. We would like to encourage you to participate in these activities as well.
This Information Bulletin provides some background information about the creation of the NLCS and a summary of the 10th Anniversary national events.
Background. Passage of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 (P.L. 111-11) in March of 2009 represents a significant achievement within the first 100 days of President Barack Obama’s presidency. This historic legislation provides the foundation for the BLM’s effort to conserve and protect America’s treasured landscapes and provides the statutory basis for the NLCS. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar noted that:
In addition, the Omnibus Act added nearly 928,000 acres of Wilderness, one National Monument, four National Conservation Areas, 367 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, and 40 miles of National Scenic and Historic Trails to the NLCS. Secretary Salazar’s treasured landscapes initiative will help the BLM succeed in its conservation efforts, and continue to implement the vision conceived by former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt.
On March 24, 2000, former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt held an all employees town hall meeting at which he shared his vision of the special stewardship responsibility entrusted to the BLM. Former Secretary Babbitt noted that:
At this same town hall meeting, former Secretary Babbitt asked then BLM Director Tom Fry to create an office of special areas to coordinate the management of the monuments, national conservation areas and other important conservation areas. The former Secretary wanted the BLM to formally recognize within its institutional structure a system of lands managed in a special way. On July 12, 2000, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior John M. Berry approved the BLM’s request to establish the Office of the National Landscape Conservation System.
Tenth Anniversary National Events. The purpose of the 10th Anniversary national and State-sponsored events is to increase awareness and understanding of the NLCS, by celebrating our accomplishments and setting the stage for the challenges and achievements of the next 10 years. The following summarizes the four national events:
State-Sponsored Events. The BLM is celebrating this extraordinary time in America’s public lands history with over 100 different NLCS 10th Anniversary Celebration Events taking place coast-to-coast. The State-sponsored events will engage BLM’s gateway communities and the American public and launch new long-term stewardship efforts. Events planned include:
o the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area in Florida,
o the Iditarod National Historic Trail Sled Dog Race,
o Arizona’s Sonoran Desert National Monument,
o Colorado’s Canyon of the Ancients National Monument,
o Idaho’s Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area,
o Montana’s Clarks Days at Pompeys Pillar National Monument,
o the rocky coasts of the California Coastal National Monument, and
o Oregon’s Wilderness Areas.
Invitation to Participate. The BLM managers and employees are encouraged to participate in the various State-sponsored local events and to the extent feasible, the national events as well. Your participation is essential to the success of these national and State-sponsored events. We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please contact Angela West at Angela_West@blm.gov.
Signed by: Authenticated by:
Robert V. Abbey Robert M. Williams
Director Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
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