TELL WYOMING SENATORS BARRASSO AND ENZI

NOT TO OVERTURN BLM PLANNING 2.0

BLM Planning 2.0 is a set of upgrades to public lands planning protocols that allow for more public input, increased government transparency, and inclusion of new science (like big game migration corridors).

But the industries that have traditionally held power over management decisions—agriculture and mining—have convinced lawmakers to overturn Planning 2.0 and revert back to the old rules that left out sportsmen and other citizen public land owners

Next Monday, Feb. 27, staff members from Wyoming’s U.S. Congressional Delegation (Rep. Liz Cheney and Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso) will hold “listening sessions” in central Wyoming. We urge you to attend these sessions if you can and tell these staffers to tell their bosses to VOTE AGAINST REPEALING PLANNING 2.0.

If you can’t make it to a “listening session,” use the form below to write Sens. Enzi and Barrasso, who will be voting on the bill to repeal Planning 2.0 next week. We’ve included some background reading, helpful tips, and talking points beneath the form.

 

THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP FOR WYOMING’S PUBLIC LANDS

Listening Session Schedule

Shoshoni

Monday, February 27, 2017

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Shoshoni Town Hall

102 E. 2nd Street

Lander

Monday, February 27, 2017

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Conference Room

240 Lincoln Avenue

Riverton

Monday, February 27, 2017

11 a.m. to noon

Riverton City Hall

Executive Session Conference Room

816 North Federal Blvd

Helpful tips for writing your United States Senator:

–       Be firm but polite.

–       Introduce yourself and say where you’re from.

–       Tell them why public lands matter to you. If you have relevant experience with planning, share it. The more personal the message, the more powerful.

 

SOME BACKGROUND READING:

A history of Planning 2.0 and BLM management

WyoFile article on Planning 2.0

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership overview of Planning 2.0

WYHAA update on Liz Cheney’s proposal to repeal Planning 2.0

From the BLM website

 

SOME THINGS YOU MIGHT MENTION:

BLM Planning 2.0 increases public participation in public land management decisions. Currently, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote next week on a bill (S.J. 15) that would repeal Planning 2.0, removing your voice from the land management process.

The motive behind repealing Planning 2.0 has a lot in common with the motive to transfer federal public lands to the state—wealthy interests want your public land for their own use and profit.

Of course, they claim to want more local control when arguing for public land transfer, but then turn around and try to repeal Planning 2.0 and decrease local public influence.

The same proponents argue repealing Planning 2.0 will be “good for the economy,” but neglect to consider the negative impact on the outdoors industry, which relies on public lands and brings billions of dollars annually into the state.

Mining and agriculture have always had a seat at the table when it comes to land management decisions. These special interests are largely behind the effort to repeal Planning 2.0.

The executive director of the Wyoming Grazing Board said of Planning 2.0: “Those directly affected [ranchers and developers] need to have a seat at the table, not be lumped in with the public. There should be a delineation between the interested public and stakeholders.” We disagree. Public lands belong to all of us.

BLM Planning 2.0 is a step in the right direction. Contact Senators Enzi and Barrasso and tell them not to drag us backwards by repealing it.

[Note: S.J. 15 is identical to H.J. 44, sponsored by Liz Cheney, which the U.S. House already passed]