California Friends Assess Implementation of 5-Year Strategic Plan for National Conservation Lands

At the 2013 Friends Rendezvous, organizations from across the West gathered at the annual conference of friends groups that work on protecting the National Conservation Lands. Representatives from a dozen organizations in California were well represented and met to discuss the first year of the implementation of the important policy document. A report based on these findings will be published for the California BLM State Director and for managers of the National Conservation Lands in California.

Published at the end of 2012, the 5-Year Strategy document is the step-down implementation document based on the 15-year BLM Strategic Plan for the National Conservation Lands.  Each Western state now has a document that instructs how to best manage the National Conservation Lands. These documents serve as the guiding principles to manage Wilderness, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Conservation Areas and National Monuments that make up the 28 million acre system of the National Conservation Lands.

The Five Year California Plan has three overarching themes: Conservation, Community and Heritage and it was clear that much progress was being made on each theme.

After the first year, projects that were highlighted by friends groups included new and expanded education programs at the new Fort Ord National Monument and the King Range National Conservation Area, new MOUs that allow for more conservation projects on BLM lands across the state directed by friends groups, and progress on several management plans.

With the first year underway, the California plan and the other State plans are available online.

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