New BLM plan would designate 2 million acres in Wyoming as “areas of critical environmental concern”

State lawmakers are banding together against the Bureau of Land Management’s latest resource management plan in Wyoming.

BLM released a plan for a field office in Wyoming that covers more than 3 million acres. The plan designates almost 2 million of those acres as “areas of critical environmental concern,” meaning special management attention is required and will be closed to oil, gas leasing, mining, motorized vehicles, and grazing on a case-by-case basis.

Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney out of Utah are speaking out saying that the land is managed best by the people closest to it, and it will have major repercussions for Utah’s ranchers who use the land for grazing and rely on natural gas power.