BLM Begins New Wilderness Protection Policy

Law360, New York (December 23, 2010, 8:10 PM EST) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a new policy Thursday that expands the powers of the Bureau of Land Management in the wake of a 2003 court settlement that restricted the agency's authority.

The new policy, outlined in a secretarial order, allows the BLM to designate lands under its jurisdiction as “Wild Lands.” Designations will be made through a public process with local input, and areas that gain the designation will be managed to protect the area's wilderness resources, according to the BLM....
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