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KayDee Gilkey Western Ranchers Hail US Passage of Resolution to Repeal BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule
by KayDee Gilkey, click here for bio

Program: Land & Livestock Report
Date: February 10, 2017

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The House’s recent passage of the resolution to repeal of BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule is a very positive step for ranchers and others who work with BLM across the West. Public Lands Council Executive Director Ethan Lane provides more details

Lane: “This was a critical first step for us to getting this regulation rolled back so we can re-engage with BLM and find a way to stream this planning process that is more effective for landowners, permittees, and these local communities where this rule was most intensely felt in the West. As we’ve talked before, our concerns with the final planning rule that came out in December are despite the fact that the Bureau did internalize some of our input from the draft in that final rule. They did so in such a way that the really didn’t address any of our concerns. I liken it to kind of cutting a foot off the top and sewing it on the bottom. So they reworked some language, they removed some things only to add them later on. The net effect is that we still have this landscape scale planning that removes the real central role of state directors; it de prioritizes local input and it eliminates the need for economic analysis in a substantive way in the planning processes. All of which serve to disenfranchise those local communities most impacted. So we were really glad to see the House step up and take action on this and we hope see a similar vote in the Senate next week.”

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