Property Rights

Uintah County v. Zinke

Landowners attack unrestrained federal “wild lands” policy

In 2010, the Department of Interior issued an order known as the “Wild Lands policy” that directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to preserve “wilderness characteristics” in federal areas not covered by other wilderness protection laws. BLM then imposes restrictive land use regulations on those areas and inserts itself into local, project-level decisions such as grazing permits. This policy and its implementation represent a major – and very intrusive – change in BLM land management practices. The State of Utah and others sued to invalidate this agency overreach. PLF supports this challenge as amicus representing eight industry and landowner organizations.

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