FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Whitney Forman-Cook
PRESIDENT TAKES FINAL STEP IN ROLLING BACK BLM PLANNING RULE
WASHINGTON, March 27, 2017 – Earlier this afternoon, President Trump signed into law H.J. Res. 44 – the joint resolution disapproving of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s “Planning 2.0” rule.
“NACD has followed the development of Planning 2.0 since its inception, participating in town hall sessions, providing detailed public comments, and submitting letters to both BLM and lawmakers,” said NACD President Brent Van Dyke. “NACD is pleased that President Trump and Congress understand that the BLM should go back to the drawing board to craft a more inclusive planning policy.”
While the BLM promoted Planning 2.0 as a tool to increase local government input in the land management planning process, the rule instead added undue administrative burden on these crucial stakeholders. With Trump’s signature, the BLM planning rule process will revert to the original planning rule procedures.
NACD looks forward to working with BLM in the future development of a planning process rule that both modernizes the planning process and increases the opportunity for local government involvement in development of the plans.
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.
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.