WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury shared the perspective of Western Governors that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Planning 2.0 Initiative proposal creates "confusion rather than clarity, less transparency rather than more" at a hearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Ogsbury's July 7 testimony asserted that the proposal will have "opposite effects from what it intended" and "presents serious challenges and contains significant shortcomings," including a lack of state consultation and transparency.
"Any process that reduces BLM’s responsibility to actively engage with stakeholders represents a retreat from openness and transparency," Ogsbury said. "Yet that is what BLM suggests in Planning 2.0."
Ogsbury stressed that the proposal significantly reduces the opportunity for Western Governors, state regulators, local governments, and the public to engage in what needs to be a collaborative land management planning process.
State Perspectives on BLM's Draft Planning 2.0 Rule, that "much of the opposition to this proposal would have been mitigated had BLM engaged in 'early, meaningful and substantial' consultation with Governors in the formative stages of the rule’s development."WGA's Executive Director also testified at the hearing,
Opening remarks were offered by Rep. Louie Gohmert, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Ogsbury was joined on the panel by: Kathleen Clarke, Director, Utah’s Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office; Jeff Fontaine, Executive Director, Nevada Association of Counties; and Chuck McAfee, Landowner and Community Volunteer, and Jim Lyons, Interior Deputy Assistant Secretary of Land & Minerals Management.
Learn about WGA's previous testimony on BLM Planning 2.0 at the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
MEDIA COVERAGE: The Capital Press reported on WGA’s testimony, including the fact that the rule fails to honor the legally protected role of governors in planning. More