Lands where special management attention is needed to protect and prevent damage to important historic, cultural, or scenic values, fish, and wildlife resources or other natural systems or processes or to protect life and provide safety from natural hazards.
An area within public lands where special management attention is required (1) to protect and prevent irreparable damage to fish and wildlife; important historic, cultural, or scenic values; or other natural systems or processes or (2) to protect life and safety from natural hazards.
An area on Public Lands where special management attention is required to protect and prevent irreparable damage to historic, cultural, or scenic values, fish and wildlife resources, or other natural systems or processes, or to protect people from natural hazards.
A geographical area within lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management that require special measure to protect sensitive resources such as scenic, cultural or wildlife resource values.
An area encompassing land and water resources of regional or statewide importance, designated by the Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (in accordance with 301 CMR (Commonwealth of Massachusetts Regulation). Copies of all state regulations can be obtained in the State House Bookstore in Boston. See all entries under Massachusetts General Law Ch 12:6.40-6.55), to receive additional protection and management.
The Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) program is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The ACEC program was conceived in the 1976 Federal Lands Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), which established the first conservation mandate for the BLM. The ACEC mandate directs the BLM to protect important riparian corridors, threatened and endangered species habitat, cultural and archeological resources and unique scenic landscapes throughout the Southwest that the agency believes need special management attention.