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Tipton Supports Action to Roll Back BLM Planning 2.0 Rule

February 7, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.J.Res. 44, a Congressional Resolution of Disapproval that would void the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Planning 2.0 rule:

“Any changes to the way the BLM manages federal land would have sweeping impacts in Colorado and the West, so it was deeply troubling that the BLM disregarded calls from western counties, farm bureaus, and Congress requesting that the Bureau provide an opportunity for meaningful public involvement during the development of its Planning 2.0 rule.

“Further, the final rule would diminish the role that state and local governments, whose communities are most directly impacted, have historically played in the planning process. The rule would also increasingly shift decision-making ability from those local communities and their local BLM officials to unelected bureaucrats in Washington. I was proud to support H.J.Res. 44, because I want to make sure important land management decisions are made by the people who know the land best.”

In May 2016, Tipton was joined by 24 of his House colleagues in calling on the BLM to extend the public comment period on the Bureau’s Planning 2.0 rule. Tipton also asked the BLM to clarify its reason for eliminating consistency requirements with local policies and programs, which would marginalize a large number of western communities that may not have the means to produce and maintain comprehensive land use plans.