Friday, February 18, 2011

Martinez among 7 Governors who ask Salazar to withdraw "Wild Lands" order

The seven Governors wrote to Interior Secretary Salazar to "express our extreme displeasure over both the policy and the process by which Secretarial Order 3310 (Order) was developed and issued."

The Governors said there were already laws in place to protect wild lands and that the new policy would create "de facto wilderness" which would impede "the multiple-uses our citizens currently have on BLM lands."

Stating develping the policy "without notification and comment from western states, ignores our authority through FLPMA, ignores existing state and federal partnerships, and does not respect the executive’s obligation to engage in formal rule making" the Governors insisted that Salazar "withdraw your Secretarial Order 3310."

The February 17 letter was signed by the Governors of Alaska, Arizona, Idah, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

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