BLM Publishes Final Environmental Impact Study
June 17, 2005
June 17, 2005 -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced on Thursday the availability of a final environmental impact study that concludes upcoming grazing regulation changes will produce long-term benefits for public rangelands. And official notice of the study?s availability was published in the Federal Register on Friday, June 17.
The final environmental impact study, posted at www.blm.gov/grazing, analyzes the impact of the upcoming grazing regulation revision, including its ecological, cultural, social and economic effects. More specifically, the study examines the impact of a grazing management option that tracks with the provision of the upcoming grazing regulation changes, as well as the effect of two other management alternatives.
?This environmental impact analysis underscores grazing?s role as a vital use of public lands in the rural West,? said Rebecca Watson, assistant secretary of the Interior for Land and Minerals. ?The revisions will improve BLM?s management of public lands ranching.?
The new grazing regulations, to be published next month in the Federal Register, are aimed at improving BLM?s working relationships with public lands ranchers.
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