The Biden-Harris administration has an opportunity to designate new Wilderness Study Areas, a critical protection measure that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hasn’t used in over a decade.
For example, in Colorado, nearly 1.5 million acres of public lands managed by the BLM could be protected as WSAs. These wilderness-quality lands harbor important wildlife habitat and migration corridors, provide backcountry recreation experiences, and serve as climate refugia for species adapting to a changing planet. These lands also sequester significant amounts of carbon, help conserve scarce water resources, and protect cultural landscapes and artifacts.
WSA designation is a critical conservation tool because it comes with ready-made protections, such as prohibiting oil and gas leasing and restricting road construction and other development. We need the strongest protections for our wild public lands to meet the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of conserving 30 percent of our nation’s lands and waters by 2030.
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