“With this rulemaking, the Bureau holds an immense opportunity to position public lands as a cornerstone of federal climate action and conservation in the Western U.S.,” said Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, executive director of the Western Environmental Law Center. “To that promise, we’ve provided recommendations to strengthen the rule’s capacity to provide tangible, on-the-ground protections for the lands and issues that Westerners care about, from climate action to land, water, and wildlife protection. These recommendations build on the petition for rulemaking that we submitted to the Bureau last year on behalf of 30 groups. We urge the Bureau to take all of our full set of recommendations seriously.” “The proposed rule is an opportunity for the Bureau to flex its considerable but under-used power,” said Schlenker-Goodrich. “This power can underpin a modernized approach to public lands management that benefits the public interest by accounting for the interwoven climate and biodiversity crises and taking action that helps further a just transition for frontline and Indigenous communities.”

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