Interior Rescinds Grazing Permit Issued to Pardoned Ranchers

March 2, 2021, 4:05 PM

Former Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt’s decision to grant a grazing permit to ranchers pardoned for arson is rescinded to allow for more public participation, the Department of the Interior said following a lawsuit filed in an Oregon federal court.

The Bureau of Land Management’s regulations say a final grazing decision must come after a proposed decision that an interested party can protest within 15 days. Here, confusion over the protest period prevented some parties from having the full 15 days, the department says.

The decision will go back to the land agency to “allow for full consideration of...

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