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NACo Action Alert on BLM Planning 2.0

Urge Your Representatives to Vote YES on H.J.Res. 44, Legislation Disapproving the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM's) Planning 2.0 Rule

In December of 2016, the BLM released its final Resource Management Planning rule, commonly referred to as Planning 2.0. Throughout the rulemaking process, counties have expressed concern that the BLM's Planning 2.0 rule, as written, could dilute county input into land management decisions and hinder local government consultation and collaboration with the BLM.

Action Needed

Contact your member of the U.S. House of Representatives and ask them to vote YES on H.J.Res. 44, legislation disapproving the Bureau of Land Management's Planning 2.0 Rule. A vote is expected in the House on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

Talking Points

  • For years to come, the 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.
  • By encouraging or restricting certain land uses, federal land management decisions can have a direct and significant impact on local economies.
  • Counties remain concerned that the Planning 2.0 rule in its current form will hinder meaningful collaboration and consultation with counties in land management decisions.
  • The Congressional Review Act (CRA) gives Congress the authority to roll back Planning 2.0, providing another opportunity for BLM, counties and public lands stakeholders to work together to improve BLM planning regulations and ensure robust coordination with local governments.
  • On January 26, 2017, NACo joined with 23 state associations of counties, national, regional and state level organizations representing public lands stakeholders in sending a letter urging disapproval of the Planning 2.0 Rule. Legislation disapproving of Planning 2.0 is supported by over 60 groups representing a broad cross-section of public lands stakeholders.
  • Vote YES on H.J.Res. 44, legislation disapproving the Bureau of Land Management's Planning 2.0 Rule, to roll back Planning 2.0 and instruct the agency to work with intergovernmental partners to ensure the policy has benefited from meaningful collaboration with state and local governments.

Why Does Planning 2.0 Matter to Counties?

For years to come, the Planning 2.0 rule will 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.
 
As co-regulators and intergovernmental partners in the BLM's land use management mission, counties have a significant interest in providing BLM with the most meaningful information and analysis possible to help craft BLM regulations and land use and resource management plans.
 
BLM's Planning 2.0 rule was published on December 13, 2016 and went into effect on January 11, 2017. Planning 2.0 establishes the processes under which the BLM will develop its Resource Management Plans (RMPs). RMPs set parameters to define approved uses and actions across the BLM's over 245 million acres of surface land and over 700 million acres of subsurface minerals currently under BLM management. The land use planning decisions made under Planning 2.0 could have a significant impact on local economies and BLM lands alike.
 
Congressional Review Act procedures empowers Congress to advance legislation rolling back the Planning 2.0 rule, providing another opportunity for BLM, counties and public lands stakeholders to work together to improve BLM planning regulations and ensure robust coordination with local governments.
 
NACo has been engaged throughout the Planning 2.0 process to ensure local government involvement is at the forefront of BLM resource management planning and that local governments were given the time necessary to analyze the implications of the substantive regulatory changes presented in the Planning 2.0 rule. After securing an extension of the initial comment period, NACo submitted comments to BLM on the proposed rule on May 19, 2016. NACo also hosted numerous webinars and forums with BLM staff and county officials to provide other opportunities for the county voice to be heard and we will continue to work with counties and the BLM to ensure local government engagement is at the forefront of BLM resource management planning.

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Questions

For more information, contact Chris Marklund, Associate Legislative Director - Public Lands; Western Interstate Region Liaison, at cmarklund@naco.org or 202.942.4234.