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BLM adopts rule described as a 'generation-defining' shift for America's largest land manager

Environmentalists celebrate the BLM's adoption of a conservation rule while opponents say it upends the agency's multiple-use mandate.

The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday adopted a long-awaited rule that aims to put conservation initiatives "on equal footing" with oil and gas leasing, grazing and other commercial uses of federal land.

The rule "combines our ongoing work with a vision for conservation to help us manage lands into the 21st century," BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning said in a video announcing the rule. "It ens...


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