Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Role of the BLM by Donna Holland

U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Donna Holland/Westling
PHS 100A
Warner Pacific College
January 5th 2014

The Role of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is to take care of the public lands enjoyed by everyone for mostly recreational reasons. This brings in jobs for many people as important as a park director down to the person running a gift shop on some of the more popular areas.
Public lands are places that are owned by the United States and Managed by the Bureau of Land. These places such as the San Juan Islands are big beautiful areas filled with wild life and many beautiful places to take a peaceful walk, hike, or ATV adventure.  In the article Bureau of Land Management stated, “In 2011, 57 million people visited public lands for recreation outings. These outings are things such as camping, hiking, and having a place to go horse back riding.
Many large events are put together by the Bureau of Land Management with local community partners they put on mountain bike races, and big events with motorcycles put on by large sponsor names. From turbo charged adventures to solitary and serene excursions, the Bureau of Land Management recreation program offers something for everyone across more than 245 million acres of public land.  
The Western United States is the home to the Americans backyard and the Bureau of Land Management helps with developing productivity with jobs for local residents. The article from The Bureau of Land Management stated “2011, $7 billion in economic impact 58,000 jobs supported by the Bureau of Land Management.”
My personal feeling is that the Bureau of Land Management is doing an amazing job, my family loves to spend time out side. We are dirt bikes and if we didn’t have this land to spend our time on playing on the bikes my husband for one would be a very upset man. I find that not only do we spend time doing that but I have also loved going out into the national forest near us and taking pictures of the wild life. We also live at the base of Mt. St. Helens and it has been amazing watching the land change over the years. Without the Bureau of Land Management all the time spent to bring back the wild life of Mt. St. Helens may have never been done.

The Buraeu of Land Management. (2013)

Withgott, J., & Laposata, M. (2013). Environment: the science behind the stories (5th Ed.). New York, NY. Pearson Benjamin Cummings.

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