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US Public Lands Rule Causes Controversy

US Public Lands Rule Causes Controversy

On April 18, 2024, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced an update to its regulations that will guide the balanced management of America's public lands now and in the future. 

The US Public Lands Rule affects the management of an estimated 245 million acres of public property – roughly one-tenth of the US’s land mass. The rule was welcomed by conservation groups, but an oil and gas industry group said it was illegal and pledged to sue.

Some call it a “land grab” and the Essential Minerals Association (EMA) warns that the rule will harm the critical minerals industry at an important time as certain minerals are in high demand to move to clean energy. It will prevent the building of the 340 km road proposed to assist in developing the Alaskan Ambler Mining District.

The Interior Department believes it will help bolster landscape resilience in the face of worsening climate impacts and will be an essential component in public lands management.

Here’s a summary of the key points:


Conservation Focus: The rule helps ensure conservation is a key component of public lands management, protecting healthy lands and waters, and restoring those in need.

Restoration Leases: It introduces restoration leases, allowing third parties to invest in the health of public lands and waters.

Mitigation Leases: The rule creates a framework for mitigation leases to offset the impacts of development on public lands.

Informed Decision-Making: It leverages science and data, including Indigenous Knowledge, to guide decision-making.

Climate Change Response: The rule is part of a broader effort to address climate change and its impacts on public lands.


Economic Productivity: There are concerns that land-use restrictions can stifle overall economic productivity.

Development Challenges: The rule may pose challenges for development projects, requiring compensatory mitigation that could complicate or delay projects.

Maintenance Costs: Increased conservation efforts could lead to higher taxpayer burdens for road maintenance and other management costs.

It’s important to note that these points are part of an ongoing discussion, and the outcomes of the rule’s implementation may vary. The rule aims to balance the needs of

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