- Policy Platforms
In correspondence with Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Western Governors expressed concern that their respective states, along with other cooperating agencies, are not being adequately consulted in the process of developing the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) new grazing policies. The letter of November 21, signed by Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon, Chair of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA), and New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Vice Chair of WGA, encouraged BLM to review the process by which the agency generated the new grazing policy and deem the policy as both Significant and Economically Significant under OMB Bulletin 07-02. “Not only is livestock grazing an important economic contributor to rural western communities, it is also a valuable tool to reduce the spread of invasive species and mitigate the risk of wildfire,” the letter read. “Voluntary engagement and partnerships with cooperating agencies, states, and local governments to utilize their unique knowledge can improve the effectiveness of both guidance documents and the final grazing policy, in addition to increasing the durability of the policy.” Read, download the full correspondence for additional details.