Senators are advocating for a bill to protect federal land policy

Several state lawmakers are pushing a bill to protect multiple-use policy on federal lands.

The bill would direct to the Bureau of Land Management to withdraw the rule that puts conservation on equal footing with other land use like mining and timber harvesting.

Senator John Barrasso from Wyoming says nearly half the land in his state is federally-owned and great pride is taken in being responsible stewards of that land. He says the proposal threatens their way of life as well as the economy.