|Ken Salazar’s power grab,
just in time for Christmas
By Holly On The Hill.com
In an 11th hour move one
day after Congress adjourned for the year, Department of Interior (DOI)
Secretary Ken Salazar and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials announced
a new policy allowing the BLM to designate public lands as de facto wilderness
without the approval of states or Congress. The new policy – which overturns
the Utah Wilderness Settlement Agreement – will allow the BLM to do an
end-run around Congress by designating public lands as “Wild Lands” areas.
These new areas would be subject to similar regulations and restrictions
as that of wilderness areas.
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