Marcilynn A. Burke
Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
S. 1272, Devil's Staircase Wilderness Act
October 8, 2009
Thank you for inviting the Department of the Interior to testify on S. 1272, the Devil's Staircase Wilderness Act of 2009.The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) supports S. 1272 as it applies to lands we manage, and we would like to work with the sponsor and the Committee on minor refinements tothe bills.
The proposed Devil's Staircase Wilderness, near the coast of southwestern
S. 1272 proposes to designate nearly 30,000 acres as wilderness, as well as portions of both
Approximately 6,100 acres of the proposed Devil's Staircase Wilderness and 4.2 miles of the Wasson Creek proposed designation are within lands managed by the BLM.The Department of the Interior supports these designations and would like to work with the sponsor and the Committee on minor boundary modifications to improve manageability.
We note that while the vast majority of the acres proposed for designation are
The 4.2 miles of Wasson Creek would be designated as a wild river to be managed by the BLM under S. 1272.The majority of the acres protected through this designation would be within the proposed Devil's Staircase wilderness designation, though 752 acres would be outside the proposed wilderness on adjacent BLM lands.
The designations identified on BLM-managed lands under S. 1272 would result in only minor modification of current management of the area and would preserve these wild lands for future generations.
Thank you for the opportunity to testify in support of theseimportant