Bloomberg Law
Jan. 17, 2020, 7:32 PMUpdated: Jan. 17, 2020, 8:56 PM

Land Bureau Begins Overhaul of Flashpoint Grazing Rules (1)

Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

The Bureau of Land Management is taking the initial steps to overhaul grazing regulations on public lands—a flashpoint issue that fueled the Sagebrush Rebellion of the 1970s and the 2016 standoff at Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The BLM is beginning a “scoping” process that will help shape the new regulations, according to a notice scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 21.

The grazing regulations apply to an area nearly the size of Texas, or about 155 million acres of federal land across the lower 48 states, mainly in the West. Grazing influences the politics of ...

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