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Governors reiterate concerns about final BLM Planning 2.0 Rule

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Western Governors have reiterated their concerns to Congressional leadership concerning the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final rule, Resource Management Planning (Planning 2.0).

Western Governors are disappointed by BLM’s failure to adequately involve western states in the Rule’s development, and they oppose several provisions of the final rule issued on Dec. 12, 2016.

The Governors, in outreach sent on on Feb. 10, 2017, are concerned by BLM’s changes to provisions regarding Governors’ consistency reviews for new and revised resource management plans, and an emphasis on landscape-scale planning that could lead to an emphasis on national objectives over state and local objective.

The Governors sent the letter, signed by WGA Chair Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and WGA Vice Chair and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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