By Steve Busch
REWILDING UNLEASHED! BIGGEST LAND LOCK UP IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES IS NOW UNDERWAY!!!!
ON APRIL 3, 2023, BLM BOSS TRACY STONE-MANNING ISSUED A NEW RULE THAT REVERSED A LONG STANDING POLICY THAT ALLOWS FOR MULTIPLE USE OF PUBLIC LANDS.
IF THE NEW BLM RULE IS ALLOWED TO STAND, CONTINUED MULTIPLE USES OF FEDERAL LANDS WILL BE EFFECTIVELY ENDED IN FAVOR OF ALLOWING WELL FINANCED "ENVIRONMENTAL" ORGANIZATIONS TO PURCHASE MILLIONS OF ACRES OF "CONSERVATION LEASES" ON FEDERAL LAND.
WESTERN GOVERNORS FROM MONTANA, IDAHO, WYOMING, UTAH, NORTH AND SOUTH DAKOTA, ARE PETITIONING CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY UTAH'S MIKE SIMPSON THAT WILL REVERSE BLM'S ATTEMPT TO EFFECTIVELY DECAPITATE MULTIPLE USE AND JEOPARDIZE AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE.
Simpson Cosponsors Bill to Protect Multiple-Use on BLM Land
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson cosponsored H.R. 3397, legislation that would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to withdraw its “Conservation and Landscape Health” proposed rule. The proposed rule would significantly impact how Idahoans interact with and enjoy the 12 million acres of BLM-managed land across Idaho by changing the longstanding and well-understood multiple-use approach of land management.
“For decades, Idahoans have cherished the concept of multiple uses on public lands and have proven to be responsible stewards. The proposed rule jeopardizes years of successful management and collaboration between stakeholders who live, work, and recreate on public lands,” said Simpson. “As Chairman of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the BLM, I remain committed to working with the BLM on this issue and ensuring the voices of Idahoans are heard.”
Background: On April 3, 2023, BLM proposed the “Conservation and Landscape Health” rule that subverts the Congressional “multiple-use” mandate—established by the Federal Land Policy and Management Act—that federal land and its resources must be utilized for various purposes to "best meet the needs of the people." By enacting a restrictive framework for ‘conservation leases,’ the rule threatens access to federal lands for other critical purposes such as grazing, mining, outdoor recreation, and energy development projects while giving conservation lease holders the power to prevent access to public lands.
On May 12, 2023, the Idaho delegation wrote a letter to BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning raising concerns about the proposal and requesting the BLM to hold in-person meetings in Idaho to gather feedback from the stakeholders that this proposed rule will impact.
Note from CAPR:
This rule, improperly implemented, would prioritize "conservation leases". A conservation "lease" would replace recreation, grazing or mineral leases. Environmental groups would be able to bid on new or existing leases, i.e. take over a grazing allotment that is renewed each year simply by out bidding ranchers, or in other cases, just by filling out an application and being granted a lease over any other existing users simply because the current BLM chief favors them. The rule is clearly illegal, but that matters little to the rule makers. Even on federal lands, actually, especially on federal lands, land leases for resource uses are established property rights as defended by the federal supreme court! Fighting the land and property grabs of the present administration must be done or those property rights will be hard fought for or lost. Please take action!
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