Senate votes to send BLM back to drawing board

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SENATE VOTES TO SEND BLM BACK TO DRAWING BOARD

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2017 – The National Association of Conservation Districts applauds the Senate’s passage of House Joint Resolution 44, legislation disapproving of the Bureau of Land Management’s “Planning 2.0” rule.

“The House and Senate have now reaffirmed the importance of protecting local governments’ voice in the planning process,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke said. “NACD is very pleased that both chambers agree the BLM should go back to the drawing board to craft a more inclusive planning policy.”

NACD would like to thank Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, for leading the charge in the Senate to pass the resolution. Now that it has been passed by both the House and Senate, the resolution is on its way to President Donald Trump’s desk to be signed into law. With his signature, Planning 2.0 will have no force or effect, and the BLM planning rule process will revert back to original planning rule procedures.

The joint resolution was passed with Congressional Review Act authority. For more information on the CRA, and to read more about NACD’s concerns with Planning 2.0, head to our Newsroom for press releases, letters, and comments.

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The National Association of Conservation Districts is the non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit: www.nacdnet.org.

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