Two Generations of Interior and BLM Leadership Mark 15th Anniversary of National Conservation Lands.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell along with Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Janice Schneider and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil Kornze gathered on June 20, 2015, in Shelter Cove, California with former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, members of BLM’s Executive Leadership Team and key conservation and community leaders to commemorate the 15th anniversary of BLM’s National Conservation Lands, a system that conserves, protects and restores nationally significant landscapes.
The event at the King Range National Conservation Area brought together key leaders who helped shape BLM’s legacy of conservation. Former DOI Solicitor John Leshy, former BLM Director Tom Fry, former BLM Assistant Director Elaine Marquis-Brong and Conservation Lands Foundation Chairman Ed Norton were also on hand to mark the occasion. As Secretary of the Interior in 2000, Babbitt established the National Conservation Lands system. Leshy and Norton were key advisors in the creation of BLM’s conservation system, Fry was the BLM director who helped establish the land management program for treasured landscapes as part of the 245 million acres of public lands the BLM manages and Marquis-Brong was the first assistant director for the BLM’s National Conservation Lands system.