Planning 2.0 changes the Bureau of Land Management's resource management planning process, and introduces significant uncertainty by creating ambiguous standards and expanding agency discretion. The rule will complicate effective resource planning while reducing opportunities for meaningful state and local governmental input. It significantly shifts resource management decisions from cooperative local communities to bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.
THE SCOPE: What They're Saying
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May 12, 2016: Oversight Hearing on Local and State Perspectives on BLM’s Draft Planning 2.0 Rule
July 7, 2016
- “I was raised with the idea that you had to be held accountable and I don’t find often that Congress is holding the agencies accountable to sticking to their missions. When you look at the resources, the financial and manpower resources, that went into this document – where did Congress authorize this kind of a process that sucks public participation and [local] government participation out.” Executive Director of the New Mexico Cattle Grower's Association Caren Cowan
- “I know firsthand how important it is for federal land managers to work with local communities. When land management decisions are handed down from Washington D.C., they impact more than just federal lands. They impact our counties’ economics and way of life.” Humboldt County, NV Commissioner Jim French
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: Oversight Hearing on State Perspectives on BLM’s Draft Planning 2.0 Rule
- “If unelected special interest groups have an equal seat at the table during the ‘planning assessment,’ the role of state and local governments as cooperators will inherently be diminished. Key decisions and direction will likely have already been set before cooperating agencies ever have a chance to meet.” Director of the Utah Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office Kathleen Clarke
- “BLM’s draft rule, as it is currently written, is not a workable solution. At a minimum, BLM needs to reopen the comment period to allow for full and substantive input on this complex rule. Ideally, BLM should go back to the drawing board and partner closely with state and local governments to make sure the resource management planning process works for everyone—not just agency officials and special interests in Washington, D.C.” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
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