Unit 6 Biodiversity: Federal Land Management Agencies

-“To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations”
-buys land no one wants (through auctions)
-sells land that becomes productive (through auctions)
-land used for energy resources, recreational uses, and crucial habitat for species associated with the western landscape
-no incendiary ammunition or devices, motor vehicles, or hunting allowed
-over 247.3 million land acres
bureau of land management
-“…cares for the special places saved by the American people so that all may exoerience our heritage”
-purchases land from private landowners, corporations, and big companies
-existing land is zoned dor another purpose, such as business or residential; land used for purposes other than conservation
-land used for conservation of wildlife and recreation for tourists
-no industrial activities (such as power plants) allowed
-85 million acres
national parks
-“To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands”
-land decreased by wildfires and allowance of private firms to cut down trees
-land used for recreation, tourism, timber harvesting, livestock grazing
-no weapons, fireworks, unpermitted fishing/hunting, tree cutting allowed
-about 200 million acres
national forests
-“to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate restoration of the fush, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitat within the US for the benefit of present and future generations of America”
-land aquired by donation and land aquisition planning
-land decreased by infrastructure development, climate change, and fragmentation
-land used to maintain the habitats for the animals, unparalleled outdoor experiences for humans
-no pets, sports activities, overnightg use, or audio playback allowed
-about 600 million acres of land+marine monuments
fish and wildlife refuges
-“To advocate for the protection and enhancement of those recreational activities most dependent upon what are commonly known as wilderness values”
-land aquired when new public lands are protected under the wilderness act
-land decreased when land is used for harvesting resources and construction
-land used for recreation
-no motor vehicles, construction of new roads, or harvesting timber allowed
-about 1 million acres
wilderness areas