Sportsmen Hail BLM Planning 2.0 as Important Step
SFRED coalition supports landscape-scale planning, more public input
Washington, DC -(AmmoLand.com)- The Bureau of Land Management has taken a major step to improve the management of public lands and waterways that sustain fish, wildlife, hunting and fishing through a proposal that would modernize its planning process.
The Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development coalition said the BLM’s release Thursday of a proposed rule as part of its Planning 2.0 initiative bolsters efforts to take a more comprehensive approach to decisions about oil and gas drilling and other public land uses. Public lands across the West include important fish and wildlife habitat, recreation areas and activities that support the economies of local communities, coalition members said.
“The BLM’s Planning 2.0 represents an important step forward in modernizing the way the agency plans for and manages 245 million acres of public lands,” said Joel Webster, director of Western lands with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. “This process should help the agency increase public participation in land-use planning, better manage for important resources like wildlife and hunting, and enable stakeholders to find common ground in the management …Read the Rest