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Diane R. Miller: Input needed for BLM planning

The Bureau of Land Management has recently issued a request for public comment as part of the Trump Administration's overhaul of government rules and protections. The BLM has given the public only 21 days to submit specific ideas on reducing "disproportionate" government oversight.

Your input is needed to balance the oil and gas industry's push to open up more public lands to energy development with fewer regulations and less opportunity for public input. Most Coloradans are in favor of balancing energy development with careful planning that allows consideration of all resource values, including recreation, wildlife, viewsheds, and local economies. The BLM's planning process should openly solicit feedback from the public, and its decisions should reflect our values.

The National Environmental Policy Act, legislation established with strong bipartisan support during the Nixon administration, already provides guidelines that ensure robust public input and careful evaluation of the impact of activities on public lands. The BLM should continue to follow the guidelines set forth in NEPA as they provide a vital avenue for public input and protection of our resources.

To participate in this important public process, visit goo.gl/cyxqm5, and provide your comments by July 24. Ask the BLM to follow the guidelines already established by NEPA, to strongly consider the recreational, environmental, economic, and social value of our public lands and to invite and consider public input in an accessible and transparent manner.

Diane R. Miller

Steamboat Springs