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Bureau of Land Management
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 9, 2005
Contact:
Tom Gorey
(202) 452-5137
 
 

BLM to Prepare Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
On Proposed New Grazing Regulations

The Bureau of Land Management announced today that it will prepare a supplement to the final Environmental Impact Statement on proposed changes to its grazing regulations.

The BLM proposed these grazing regulation changes in December 2003 and published a final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed changes on June 17, 2005. The Bureau plans to publish its supplemental impact statement in the near future.

BLM Director Kathleen Clarke said, “This decision reflects the BLM’s desire to go the extra mile to ensure that the agency has fully considered all comments and views on the proposed changes.”

The BLM’s grazing regulatory proposal – known as a “rule” – is aimed at improving the agency’s management of grazing on 160 million acres of public lands. More specifically, the proposed rule seeks to:

  • improve the agency’s working relationships with public land ranchers,
  • conserve rangeland resources, and
  • enhance administrative efficiency.

The Bureau undertook this regulatory initiative in recognition of the economic and social benefits of public lands grazing, as well as the role of ranching in preserving open space and wildlife habitat in the rapidly growing West.

Details on the BLM’s proposed grazing regulations can be accessed on the agency’s national Website at www.blm.gov/grazing.