THE WESTERNER sez:
The website for InsightUSA is here.
Wilmeth's column, The Case of the Butterfield Trail and Dona Ana County , is based upon a speech he gave on July 20 to attendees of Faye Hardin's InsightUSA gathering in Lubbock, Texas. Also speaking that day was Marita Noon, who has written a column for Townhall.com based on Wilmeth's speech.
The two sections of FLPMA referred to by Wilmeth are:
Sec. 102. [43 U.S.C. 1701] (a) The Congress declares that it is the policy of the United States that– (1) the public lands be retained in Federal ownership, unless as a result of the land use planning procedure provided for in this Act, it is determined that disposal of a particular parcel will serve the national interest;
LAND USE PLANNING
(9) to the extent consistent with the laws governing the administration of the public lands, coordinate the land use inventory, planning, and management activities of or for such lands with the land use planning and management programs of other Federal departments and agencies and of the States and local governments within which the lands are located, including, but not limited to, the statewide outdoor recreation plans developed under the Act of September 3, 1964 (78 Stat. 897), as amended [16 U.S.C. 460l–4 et seq. note], and of or for Indian tribes by, among other things, considering the policies of approved State and tribal land resource management programs. In implementing this directive, the Secretary shall, to the extent he finds practical, keep apprised of State, local, and tribal land use plans; assure that consideration is given to those State, local, and tribal plans that are germane in the development of land use plans for public lands; assist in resolving, to the extent practical, inconsistencies between Federal and non-Federal Government plans, and shall provide for meaningful public involvement of State and local government officials, both elected and appointed, in the development of land use programs, land use regulations, and land use decisions for public lands, including early public notice of proposed decisions which may have a significant impact on non-Federal lands. Such officials in each State are authorized to furnish advice to the Secretary with respect to the development and revision of land use plans, land use guidelines, land use rules, and land use regulations for the public lands within such State and with respect to such other land use matters as may be referred to them by him. Land use plans of the Secretary under this section shall be consistent with State and local plans to the maximum extent he finds consistent with Federal law and the purposes of this Act.
Not mentioned by Wilmeth but important to all grazing allotment owners is this language in Title IV of FLPMA:
If the Secretary concerned elects to develop an allotment management plan for a given area, he shall do so in careful and considered consultation, cooperation and coordination with the lessees, permittees, and landowners involved, the district grazing advisory boards established pursuant to section 403 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (43 U.S.C. 1753), and any State or States having lands within the area to be covered by such allotment management plan.
The New Mexico Dept. of Agriculture and the Range Improvement Task Force at NMSU have signed MOUs with the State Director of BLM and the Regional Forester of the Forest Service to implement this section of the law. Any allotment owner can invoke this section by requesting a "Section 8" meeting on any proposed decision.
Check with your own state to see how implementation is done. I'll bet it's not being done at all. New Mexico led the way on getting this language in FLPMA and on implementing it after passage.
And let's not forget NEPA, which becomes involved in all federal land use plans, and which has the following language:
...declares that it is the continuing policy of the Federal Government, in cooperation with State and local governments, and other concerned public and private organizations, to use all practicable means and measures, including financial and technical assistance, in a manner calculated to foster and promote the general welfare, to create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony, and fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans.
Get with it out there.