October 05, 2018

A New Era: Turning the Clock Back on Collaborative Efforts for Public Land Management

Elizabeth Klein

Public lands managed by the Department of the Interior (DOI) are blessed with an abundance of resources that make them ideal for multiple uses—energy development, hunting and hiking, history lessons, or quiet recreation. This abundance also makes them rife with conflict.

Whether it is oil and gas leases located along Utah’s Green River in the shadow of iconic national parks, or an industrial-scale solar project in California’s remote Mojave Valley through critical wildlife migration corridors, Interior’s bureaus are routinely besieged with proposals for highly controversial projects that conflict with other equally important land uses. 

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