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    U.S. Department of the Interior
    Media Advisory ** Media Advisory ** Media Advisory
    Office of the Secretary
    For immediate release: February 16, 2000
    Contact: John Wright, Jamie Workman (202) 208-6416

    Compares, contrasts Bureau of Land Management's new and growing
    family of protected National Landscape Monuments and Conservation
    Areas to existing National Wildlife Refuge and National Parks systems

    In remarks Thursday at 10:30 am at the University of Denver Law School,
    Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt unveils the shape, origins and unexpected
    direction of a new land conservation system that, he says, ranks alongside
    National Parks and Wildlife Refuges as a creative approach to protecting
    America's natural legacy.

    "After doubling the size of conservation lands in and around the Grand
    Canyon, the press noted how, during his tenure President Clinton, with the
    help of Congress, has surpassed even Theodore Roosevelt in protecting
    America's great natural resources," said Babbitt. "What they missed is the
    deeper, larger and more complex story: how, like TR, we have created an
    entirely new and visionary system in the process."

    Babbitt will trace the contours and history of that new system - tentatively
    called National Landscape Monuments - from "bureaucratic mule" (cobbled
    together in 1946 'without pride of ancestry nor hope of progeny') to the
    father of vast, ecologically critical, recreationally active and visually
    units throughout the West that it has recently matured into.

    The popular assumption was that new protection of nationally significant
    landscapes - Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, Grand Canyon Parashant
    in Arizona or Headwaters Reserve in California, for example -- would involve
    either the Park Service or the US Fish and Wildlife Service taking control.
    Breaking with tradition, that didn't happen. Why? What's the difference?
    How would they work, then?

    Babbitt describes what dynamics led the Administration to turn these areas
    over to the little known agency that quietly manages more land than the
    Forest Service, Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service. He compares
    and contrasts the BLM's management approach -- to roads, visitors centers,
    communities, interpretations, grazing, local economies, or hunting -- with
    these other agencies, and shows how and why BLM is often uniquely suited
    to manage the overlapping human and natural communities in the West.

    David 75K5

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