Wading through the vast web of laws and policies that govern our public lands can be confusing even for lawyers, let alone for ordinary citizens. Even commenting on a Bureau of Land Management resource management plan, which guides grazing, mining, oil and gas drilling, and off-road vehicle use, can be daunting. But The Wilderness Society aims to cut through the tangle with its new Denver, Colo.-based BLM Action Center.
With the BLM
working on as many as 90 land-use plans over the next five years,
The Wilderness Society wants to "raise public awareness about what
their opportunities and rights are to participate in these planning
processes," says Bill Beagle, communications manager for the
center. Patterned after The Wilderness Society’s Wilderness
Support Center in Durango, Colo., the BLM Action Center has an
attorney, grassroots coordinator, and communications expert on
hand. "People can call us to get help with a legal question or
writing a press release, and we’ll also be traveling around
to get our faces known," says Beagle.
The Center also
provides a Web site with tools such as the BLM Citizens’
Guide and facts about BLM policies all across the West —
along with a reminder that many public-lands decisions take years,
and that even seemingly small opportunities for change can have a
For more information, see
www.blmactioncenter.org or call 303-650-5818.