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BLM Publishes New Grazing Regulations To Improve Management of Public Lands Grazing
On July 12, 2006, the BLM published in final form a new set of grazing regulations that will improve the agency’s management of public lands grazing. The final regulations, developed with extensive public input and supported by a detailed environmental analysis, recognize the economic and social benefits of public lands grazing, as well as its role in preserving open space and wildlife habitat in the rapidly growing West.

BLM Publishes Addendum to Final Environmental Impact Statement on Proposed Grazing Regulations
On March 31, 2006, the BLM published an addendum to its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on proposed grazing regulations. The addendum, a companion document to the final EIS, responds to comments received after the close of the public comment period in March 2004 on the proposed rule and draft EIS.

BLM Publishes Final Environmental Impact Statement on Changes to Grazing Regulations
On June 16, 2005, the BLM announced the availability of a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that concludes upcoming grazing regulation changes will produce long-term benefits for public rangelands. An official notice of the study’s availability was published in the Federal Register on June 17, 2005.

BLM Announces Draft Environmental Impact Statement On Proposed Grazing Rule
On January 2, 2004, the BLM announced the availability of a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) prepared in connection with a proposed grazing rule that the BLM published in December 2003. The Bureau also announced that it would hold a series of public meetings in the West and in Washington, D.C., on the draft impact statement. The transcripts from those hearings are posted below.

Proposed Grazing Rule Announced
On December 5, 2003, the Department of the Interior and its Bureau of Land Management released details of a proposed grazing rule that would improve grazing management and help continue public lands ranching in the rural West. The proposed rule, announced by Interior Secretary Gale Norton in a speech in New Mexico, recognizes the economic and social benefits of public lands ranching, as well as its preservation of open space in the rapidly growing West. The BLM published the proposed rule in the Federal Register on December 8, 2003.


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