TUCSON -- The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a federal agency within the US Interior Dept., is responsible for more of your public land than any other agency.
BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS) is supposed to protect scenic monuments and places such as the San Pedro River, similar to National Parks, but it is suffering under Bush/Cheney.
I did some calculations on the President's FY 08 budget, and found:
BLM's NLCS gets $49.2M
BLM's 847 NLCS units, places such as the Ironwood Forest National Mounment seen here, cover 42.3M acres, 2061 miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, and 5203 miles of National Historic and Scenic Trails.
BLM NLCS gets $1.16 per acre, or $58k per unit.
Note: This is a high estimate as river and trail funding is not included, calculating these would make funding accurately even lower.
The National Park Service gets $2B
NPS 390 units cover 84M acres.
NPS gets $23.81 per acre, or $5.1M per unit.
So for every dollar NPS gets, BLM NLCS gets a nickel ($20:1).
BLM's complicated 'multiple use' viewpoint makes NLCS management even more demanding in many cases than National Parks.
NPS deserves and needs the money, and so does BLM for NLCS.
US Reps. Grijalva, Renzi, Giffords, Filner and others should reject Bush/Cheney and push for more NLCS funding.