2 months ago we told you that the US House Committee approved a measure that would force the BLM (U.S. Interior Department) to release documents that cover a proposal that could close up to 13 million acres to OHV use.
Well, the documents were released, and their contents were mind-numbing! The AMA said there could be as many as 13 million acres of public land at risk of being closed.
The AMA was wrong.
The BLM document drop has what appears to be very detail plans outlining the particulars for the closing of as much as 140 million acres of PUBLIC land! (Yeah, that's 140,000,000 acres!)
BLM documents outline how the federal government is seeking to manage federal lands through more restrictive land management practices without input from the PUBLIC owners of said land.
The internal memo states that some 130 million to 140 million acres -- an area roughly the size of Colorado and Wyoming combined -- are under consideration for special land-use designations that could further restrict off-highway riding. This is about half of the 264 million acres of public land managed by the BLM.
At another point in the document, the BLM states that about 35 million acres of the land it manages "should be considered for a new and/or heightened conservation designation."
The BLM memo spells out a proposed plan for public land-use designations that could ban off-highway vehicle riding by supporting certain congressional land-use designation proposals, having the president pull an end run around Congress by unilaterally naming areas as national monuments "should the legislative process not prove fruitful" and to use the agency's internal land-use planning process to accomplish the bureau's goals for managing "conservation values" when those other two efforts fail.