U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Wyoming State Office
|Release Date: 05/18/11|
BLM Wyoming Sponsors "Living on the Edge" Workshops
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the University of Wyoming (UW) recently sponsored two climate change workshops. Other sponsors included the Wyoming Chapters of the Society of American Foresters, Haub School & Ruckelhaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center. The workshops were held in Laramie and Cody, Wyo.
BLM Climate Change Coordinator Bob Means said, “We wanted to provide a forum to discuss some of the emerging issues of climate change, such as the potential impacts of a changing climate and the impacts on land management.”
UW doctoral candidate Mark Lesser was the driving force behind the workshop. Lesser approached BLM about participating and Means helped coordinate and line up other sponsors.
Lesser said, "I think it is vital for scientists to communicate their research to land managers and the people that are actually implementing policy on the ground. It is essential for good land management that the best and most up-to-date scientific information is being used. It is also vital that we as scientists learn from land managers about the concerns they have and the issues that they face so we can better direct our research to dealing with those problems. The workshops that I organized in both Laramie and Cody were meant to address these situations in the context of what we know about species range margins and how we should be directing our management of them."
The objectives of the workshop included:
The workshops provided an opportunity for the various groups to network and to share ideas. With the interest generated, there could be two additional workshops next year.
Some of the participants included: BLM, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, UW, Montana State University, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming Department of Forestry, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Conservation Districts, NGOs such as Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy, and private individuals and environmental consulting companies.
For more information, go to https://sites.google.com/site/rangemarginworkshop/
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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|Last updated: 05-18-2011|
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