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Deadline to comment on BLM’s Ecosystem Resilience Rule changes

July 5, 2023 @ 9:50 pm - 9:59 pm


WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Land Management extended the public comment period for the Public Lands Rule by 15 days. This brings the time collecting public feedback on the proposed rule to a total of 90 days. The new deadline to provide input is July 5, 2023.


BLM seeks to gather input about important ways it should balance its mission to focus on cultural lands protection, conservation, recreation, wildlife, and climate impacts. Now it’s up to us to ensure that a new rule includes the protection of mature and old-growth forests and Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). 

For more info.: https://www.climate-forests.org/post/department-of-interior-moves-to-protect-mature-and-old-growth-trees-and-forests-from-logging

For more info: https://doi.gov/pressreleases/interior-department-releases-proposed-plan-guide-balanced-management-public-lands

For more info:  https://www.blm.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2023-03/Public%20Lands%20Proposed%20Rule%20-%20Conservation%20and%20Landscape%20Health%20-Final%20Clean%20Version%203-29-23.pdf

Federal Register notice on commenting on resilience of ecosystems DOI – saying the Deadline  is June 20th, as the postal address for comments is in DC, the time-of-day deadline is likely before midnight Eastern Time.


Quote from rule proposal:
“The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposes new regulations that, pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), as amended, and other relevant authorities, would advance the BLM’s mission to manage the public lands for multiple use and sustained yield by prioritizing the health and resilience of ecosystems across those lands. To ensure that health and resilience, the proposed rule provides that the BLM will protect intact landscapes, restore degraded habitat, and make wise management decisions based on science and data. To support these activities, the proposed rule would apply land health standards to all BLM-managed public lands and uses, clarify that conservation is a “use” within FLPMA’s multiple-use framework, and revise existing regulations to better meet FLPMA’s requirement that the BLM prioritize designating and protecting Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs). The proposed rule would add to provide an overarching framework for multiple BLM programs to promote ecosystem resilience on public lands.” (emphasis added)

How to comment:

To submit an on-line form letter on this, as it effects DOI’s old growth forests – send a form  letter to ensure that a new rule includes the protection of mature and old-growth forests on DOI’s federal lands as a cornerstone of U.S. climate policy. – https://www.climate-forests.org/take-action

ADDRESSES: Mail, personal, or messenger delivery: U.S. Department of the Interior,
Director (630), Bureau of Land Management, 1849 C St., N.W., Room 5646,
Washington, DC 20240, Attention: 1004–AE92.

See  link to submit original on-line comments to BLM: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/04/03/2023-06310/conservation-and-landscape-health#open-comment
Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. In the Searchbox, enter “1004-
AE-92” and click the “Search” button. Follow the instructions at this website.


July 5, 2023
9:50 pm - 9:59 pm