Attorney General Fox Applauds Sage Grouse Decision, but New Regulations Will Impose Significant Restrictions on BLM Land Use
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox applauded today’s announcement that the U.S. Department of the Interior will not impose new federal regulations on sage grouse habitat under the Endangered Species Act, but expressed concerns over the concurrent approval of three land-use plans that impose significant restrictions on use of Bureau of Land Management lands in Montana.
“The Department of the Interior made the right call regarding sage grouse, but made the wrong decision in approving three proposed land-use plans impacting eastern Montana. These plans impose unnecessarily onerous restrictions on the diverse uses of public lands that Montanans benefit from and enjoy, including recreation, agriculture, grazing, and mineral development. Contrary to law, these plans fail to take Montana’s interests into consideration. My office will continue to stay engaged and will take all steps necessary to protect Montana’s legal rights and interests.”
In July, Fox sent a letter to the Bureau of Land Management (available online here) expressing concerns with three proposed land-use plans impacting Montana: