Check Out What Happened Last Week at the BLM: September 22-27, 2014
Announcements, Events and News
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency John Laird on Tuesday, Sept. 23, released an innovative landscape-level draft renewable energy and conservation plan covering more than 22 million acres in the California desert, marking a major milestone in federal and state efforts to cut carbon pollution, create jobs, develop clean domestic energy and conserve and protect ecological and cultural resources. The draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is a landscape-scale blueprint that is the result of an extensive public participation process, which included collaboration among the BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and other stakeholders. Read the press release. View the summary and California desert landscape photos on My Public Lands Tumblr.
As part of President Obama’s comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Wednesday, Sept. 25, announced a new competitive leasing process by the BLM to help spur solar and wind energy development on public lands in the West. Read the press release.
On Thursday, Sept. 26, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and BLM Deputy Director Steve Ellis visited the BLM’s Lakeview District as part of their continued commitment to work with partners to restore and conserve the sagebrush landscape that is critical to the health of many species of wildlife, including the greater sage-grouse, as well as to traditional land uses and economic development. The support of private landowners is a key element in a joint effort by the federal government and western states to develop and implement a landscape-level conservation plan for the sage-grouse before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has to make a decision whether to propose the bird for Endangered Species Act protection in 2015. Read the press release. View photos from the visit and of the sagegrouse on My Public Lands Tumblr.
Social Media Highlights
The BLM last week celebrated National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. As a part of NPLD, BLM Arizona and partners released three California condors at the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. The BLM shared event photos and activities on the following national social media accounts: My Public Lands Tumblr, My Public Lands Instagram, My Public Lands Flickr, and @BLMNational, @BLMCareers and @BLMDirector Twitter.
Last week on social media, the BLM shared “Home for 150 Years" - an article in My Public Lands Magazine, Summer 2014 by Chris Rose, BLM Nevada - in which Nevadans share some favorite memories of their first 150 years of statehood. The My Public Lands Tumblr also featured the amazing winning photos from the Nevada 150 Photo Contest.