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