May 8, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 19

BLM Rewrites Hi-Line Management Plan

Draft Plan Does Not Curtail Grazing Rights; Public Comments Being Taken

The Bureau of Land Management is taking comments on a draft resource management plan (RMP) for the 2.4 million acres of public land and 4.2 million acres of federal minerals it manages in the HiLine District, which stretches from the Rockies to North Dakota, and from the Canadian border to south of U.S. 2 and to the Missouri River.

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An updated plan was due, since the district is operating with plans that are more than 25 years old. The pressures of oil and gas development, threats to the greater sage-grouse, increased conflicts between land use and wildlife habitat and increased demand for r...

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