BLM removes conservation language from press releases

According to Greenwire today — full text is here. I would have kept the mission statement, or added the new text to it.

Some of the Trump administration’s sharpest critics are crying foul after the Bureau of Land Management excised boilerplate language from its news releases that describes the bureau’s mission as helping conserve public lands for future generations.

Specifically, BLM removed this sentence: “The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.”

Instead, the boilerplate states the number of acres of federal lands it manages, including 700 million acres of mineral estate.

“Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017,” it states. “These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.”

The original standard language, almost word for word, was still included in the “Our Mission” section of BLM’s website this morning. That section also included a “vision” statement listing the bureau’s goal of enhancing “the quality of life for all citizens through the balanced stewardship of America’s public lands and resources.”

3 thoughts on “BLM removes conservation language from press releases”

  1. Bad move especially if it indicates change in direction. Federal lands are important for ALL species our selves included.
    No surprise though since Trump, and cronies, are all about the almighty dollar!
    2020 is coming and I plan to be active in more ways than one …

  2. Don’t be surprised if you see similar language in FS press releases. That is exactly the sort of thing we are being told to emphasize – number of jobs, $.


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