Coalition Letter to Congressional Leadership on BLM's 2.0 Planning Rule

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Subject: BLM 2.0
Recipient: Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi
Sender: Multi-Industry Coalition
Date Sent: January 27, 2017

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi:

As representatives of state and local governments and public lands stakeholders from across the United States, we encourage Congress to use its legislative authority to review the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 rule. As partners with the federal government, we continue to encourage the BLM to engage in meaningful collaboration with local stakeholders during the development of policies and guidelines. And despite representations by the BLM to do just that, we remain unconvinced that Planning 2.0 in its final form does much to satisfy the objective of meaningful collaboration and consultation with non-federal governmental entities.

Robust coordination and cooperation between states and local governments and the BLM allows federal decision-makers to be responsive to the concerns of state and local government officials during policy development and sets the stage for more effective and efficient implementation of federal policies by involving multi-jurisdictional resources and expertise. Simply put, gathering meaningful, on the ground, input from the states and localities that will be most impacted by BLM’s planning regulations is critical to ensuring a practical federal policy that works at the local level.

For years to come, the proposed Planning 2.0 rule will have a substantial impact on how the BLM engages with state and local government and manages its 245 million acres of public lands and 700 million acres of subsurface minerals. We encourage Congress to act to ensure BLM’s Planning 2.0 rule does not go into effect and instruct the agency to work with intergovernmental partners to ensure the policy has benefited from meaningful, on the ground, collaboration with state and local governments.

Sincerely,
Alaska Municipal League
American Sheep Industry Association
Arizona Association of Counties
Arizona County Supervisors Association
Association of Oregon Counties
Eureka County, Nevada
National Association of Conservation Districts
National Association of Counties
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Nevada Association of Conservation Districts
Nevada Association of Counties
Oregon Association of Conservation Districts
Public Lands Council
Rural County Representatives of California
Utah Association of Conservation Districts
Utah Association of Counties
Western Interstate Region of NACo
Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts
Wyoming County Commissioners Association
Wyoming Stock Growers Association
Wyoming Wool Growers Association