April 8, 2016
Neil Kornze, Director
Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W., Mail Stop 2134 LM
Washington, D.C. 20240
Re: Comment period extension request – 43 CFR Part 1600 Resource Management Planning; Proposed Rule
Dear Director Kornze:
The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) represents Governors from 19 Western states and 3 U.S.-flag islands. The Association is an instrument of the Governors for bipartisan policy development, information sharing and collective action on issues of critical importance to the western United States. Western states are an integral part of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) land use planning processes. States represented by the WGA are impacted by decisions made by the BLM and have an interest in how those plans are developed.
The BLM’s proposed rule to revise 43 CFR Part 1600 Resource Management Planning (BLM Planning 2.0) will impact how states participate in the development of Resource Management Plans (RMPs). The current timeframe is inadequate and will not allow thoughtful analysis of this proposed rule, its impacts on participation opportunities and its impacts on management of BLM-administered lands.
Given the importance and complexity of the proposed rule, we request a comment period extension of at least 60 days. Thank you for your consideration.
Governor of Wyoming
Governor of Montana
Vice Chair, WGA
cc: Leah Baker, Branch Chief (Acting), Planning and NEPA, BLM