National coalition urges feds to follow Moab management plan with more
Denver, CO -(AmmoLand.com)- The proposed first-of-its-kind management plan for public lands in the Moab, Utah, area marks a major milestone in efforts to look before leasing lands that are important to fish, wildlife, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts.
The Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development coalition said the proposed Moab Master Leasing Plan released Wednesday by the Bureau of Land Management is a significant, on-the-ground culmination of oil and gas leasing reforms prompted in large part by attempts to open public lands near Arches National Park to drilling.
The SFRED coalition supports using Master Leasing Plans, or MLPs, to identify vital fish and wildlife habitat and potential negative impacts on habitat, waterways, hunting and angling before leases are issued. The goal in Utah and other areas where MLPs are being considered is to engage a broad spectrum of interested parties, address conflicts upfront and balance different uses of public lands to ensure that fish and wildlife populations and the places people fish, hunt and recreate are sustained for generations to come.
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