Green Groups Scuttle BLM Plan For Utah Public Lands

Law360, New York (November 4, 2013, 7:54 PM EST) -- A federal judge on Monday invalidated the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Bush-administration-era resource management plan for 2.1 million acres of public land in south-central Utah, siding with environmental groups that said the agency prioritized motorized recreation over conservation.

U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball determined that the 2008 Richfield Resource Management Plan ran afoul of the agency’s own promulgated standards governing off-highway vehicle routes within public lands, which require it to minimize the impacts of newly designated routes on natural resources like soils, watersheds, vegetation,...
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