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New Public Lands Proposal Will Balance Development With Conservation

2023-03-30T18:55:06+00:00March 30, 2023|

New Public Lands Proposal Will Balance Development With Conservation Matt Smelser Thu, 03/30/2023 - 14:55 Popular Stories How to Tell a Raven From a Crow How to Make Hummingbird Nectar What Should Be Done About Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle-Owl Loose in New York? 13 Fun Facts About Owls Get to Know These 20 Common Birds Birds Tell Us to Act on Climate Pledge to stand with Audubon to call on elected officials to listen to science and work towards climate solutions. Sign the Pledge WASHINGTON - The Department of the Interior announced a draft rulemaking for the Bureau of Land Management that will ensure that public lands are managed for multiple use and sustained yield by prioritizing the health and resilience of ecosystems across those lands. National Audubon Society commends the Bureau of Land Management for taking action to promote conservation and land health, which is consistent with its mission, authorities and responsibilities. "Conserve is a verb. You have to do it," said Sara Brodnax, Director of Public Lands Policy at the National Audubon Society. "From the Bald Eagle to the Greater Sage-Grouse, we've learned that conservation takes deliberate action. It doesn't happen by chance and it doesn't happen by simply hoping that nature will find balance - especially in sensitive ecosystems that have endured decades of overuse or neglect. That's why the Bureau of Land Management must have in place policies to balance responsible development with land and wildlife conservation and must engage in active management to help restore degraded areas." The Bureau of Land Management manages and maintains more public lands than any other agency in the United States - more than 245 million acres found primarily in the western United States. From deep canyons to the sagebrush sea to the northernmost reaches of Alaska, BLM lands encompass iconic, loved and sacred landscapes. And within the BLM's very mission is a responsibility to conserve these places for future generations. But for decades, the agency has largely focused on oil and gas, mining and other extractive uses. These uses must be balanced with conservation, recreation, wildlife, watersheds, and cultural resource protection. This rulemaking process gives the BLM an opportunity to balance its priorities and demonstrate an approach to management that gives respect to community-led conservation, landscape health and resilience, wildlife habitat and connectivity, and Tribal co-stewardship. "The Bureau of Land Management has the mission and authority to balance conservation with other uses of public land," said Brodnax. "But it has not been empowered to deliver on its mission. It's time to give intentional focus to conservation and landscape health at the BLM and commit to deliver on a true legacy for both present and future generations." ### MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Smelser, matt.smelser@audubon.org About Audubon The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more at www.audubon.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety. How you can help, right now Get Audubon in Your Inbox Let us send you the latest in bird and conservation news. Email address Find Audubon Near You Visit your local Audubon center, join a chapter, or help save birds with your state program. Explore the Network Become an Audubon Member Membership benefits include one year of Audubon magazine and the latest on birds and their habitats. Your support helps secure a future for birds at risk. Join Today Spread the word. It's the least you can do.

What International Climate Justice Means for Sri Lanka

2023-03-30T06:42:26+00:00March 30, 2023|

Earlier this month I visited my family in Sri Lanka and found that everything has changed since my last visit almost four years ago. As I embraced my family, I felt a palpable fatigue from the pressures of the pandemic, political unrest, and geopolitical turmoil bubbling beneath the surface. As Sri Lanka recovers from the

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