Non-partisan experts highlight rule’s benefits as House committee considers misguided bill to overturn BLM plan to restore balance to land management
WASHINGTON, DC — This Thursday June 15 at 1:00pm EST / 11:00am MST public lands users, congressional leaders and policy experts will respond to claims made by opponents of the Bureau of Land Management’s new Public Lands Rule, which will be the subject of a House Natural Resources Committee hearing earlier that morning.
Please RSVP to Chris Saeger ([email protected]) to get call-in details for this opportunity to hear about the rule’s benefits from these speakers:
- New Mexico Rep. Melanie Stansbury
- Keegan King, Founder and CEO Native Lands Institute
- James Kenna, Retired California State Director for the Bureau of Land Management
- Bailey Brennan, Public Lands Attorney, National Wildlife Federation
- Danielle Murray, Senior Policy and Legal Director, Conservation Lands Foundation
- Chris Marshall, Director of Research for Energy and Environment, Accountable.US
BLM’s new rule puts conservation on an equal footing with other multiple uses of public lands. It allows land to be leased for conservation alongside grazing, drilling, mining and even more extractive uses of public lands. No valid existing rights to use BLM lands for these purposes will be affected. The rule seeks to correct a system that has been wildly imbalanced:
- 90% of BLM land is open to drilling;
- 60% are leased for grazing;
- Only 14% are managed for conservation.
Learn more about the campaign to balance public lands management through the new rule at ActNowForPublicLands.org.