Bureau of Land Management representatives field questions at Colorado Cattlemen’s Association convention
Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management and ranchers talked transparency and teamwork during a committee meeting at the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association annual convention in Colorado Springs. The BLM came to talk about Planning 2.0, a proposed rule that would change the way the bureau handles public comment and reviews new science that would impact procedures.
While Planning 2.0 was a big part of the conversation, bureau representatives Bruce Rittenhouse and Lynae Rogers fielded questions and gave information on several different topics. For example, Rogers told the ranchers all land considered habitat for the endangered sage grouse that’s under a grazing permit has to meet certain ecological parameters. Rittenhouse gave an update on wild horse management projects.
They also discussed federal budget crunches and how it’s difficult for the bureau to meet all ranchers’ needs in timely fashions.
The discussion, while heated at times, resulted in Rittenhouse promising to go back to his organization to try to set up a meeting with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and bureau representatives to get concerns heard.