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Western Leaders Speak Out

Senate Western Caucus Chairman John Barrasso and House Western Caucus Chairman Representative Rob Bishop of Utah joined with members of the Joint Congressional Western Caucus to send a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar expressing outrage over the Department of Interior’s sweeping new wilderness policy that was recently issued without input from Congress or local officials. The Members warn that the new policy, Secretarial Order 3310, has the potential to harm western economies and rural communities by limiting multiple use access to public lands. Specifically, the members called for Salazar to withdraw the order and (quoting now) “work with Congress to devise balanced policies for our public lands.” The letter calls the Secretary’s order an “underhanded attempt by the DOI to circumvent Congress and the federal rulemaking process.”

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