For Immediate Release
October 5, 2017



AEMA Supports Interior Action to End Sage-grouse Withdrawals and Land Use Plans

The American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) announced its support as the Interior Department publishes a formal end to its planned mining ban covering 10 million acres in Western states and the Notice of Intent to amend 98 Sage-grouse habitat management plans across 10 states. Those plans, completed in 2015, constituted one of the largest public land-use restrictions in United States history.

“Secretary Zinke has done the right thing by ending this epic federal land grab.” said Laura Skaer, AEMA Executive Director. “These land-use restrictions and withdrawals were a blatant overreach by the BLM and a thinly veiled attempt to impose a top-down policy, completely disregarding states efforts, statutory requirements and public involvement.”

Skaer added, “Now, thanks to President Trump and Secretary Zinke, the Governors are back in the driver’s seat when it comes to the proper management of public lands in their states. We urge all governors to take full advantage of this opportunity and step up to make the necessary changes to these flawed plans.”

The restrictions and withdrawals were set to have a devastating economic impact on the economies of western states and the ability of our Nation to produce the strategic and critical minerals required for national defense and economic prosperity.