TRCP Welcomes the Restoration and Habitat Focus in the Proposed BLM Rule

The group encourages public participation to ensure a successful outcome

(Washington DC)—Today, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Association responded to the Bureau of Land Management’s announcement of a proposed Landscape Health and Conservation Rule. The rule is intended to clarify and support the agency’s multiple-use and sustained yield authority provided through the federal Land Policy and Administration Act, with a focus on restoration, protection, and balanced development.

The TRCP supports the restoration and conservation of fish and wildlife habitat on BLM lands as part of the agency’s mission of multiple use and sustained yield, and we appreciate the opportunity to participate in this process.” said Joel Webster, vice president of western conservation for Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “Public lands and BLM habitat are under increased pressure from drought, severe wildfires, and invasive species, and the Landscape Health and Conservation Rule has the potential to enhance the BLM’s ability to address those challenges.” .

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres, primarily in the western United States, and the agency is tasked with balancing a multitude of uses, including conservation, recreation, and resource development. The proposed rule is open for a 75-day public comment period.

“We plan to roll up our sleeves to ensure that the BLM Landscape Health and Conservation Rule improves the management of our public lands to benefit athletes,” Webster continued. “TRCP encourages the BLM to engage with a variety of stakeholder groups when refining the rule to ensure it is workable, durable, and successfully implemented.”

Founded in 2002, the TRCP is the nation’s largest coalition of conservation organizations, uniting and amplifying the voices of athletes by convening hunting and fishing groups, conservation organizations, and outdoor businesses with a common purpose.