June 5, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 23

Speak Out On BLM's Hi-Line Plan

When did the sage grouse become a national priority surpassing energy independence, and does this fowl really require millions of acres of energy-rich land to survive? Those are the obvious questions that arise when reading the Bureau of Land Management’s recent 812-page Resource Management Plan for the Hi-Line.

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The document, released this Spring and currently out for public comment, is a good example of the unfortunate trend toward declaring Montana off-limits to development. It contains a few bright points, but mostly the plan deprives the Hi Line of prospects for natural gas, oil, and...

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