During the eight years that President Barack Obama was in charge, the federal government vastly expanded its powers, especially when it came to seizing control of land to protect various species of animals.
Now that President Donald Trump is in the Oval Office, the Department of the Interior is finally starting to undo some of Obama’s land grabs, most recently lessening a regulation that involved over 100,000 square miles of land, The Daily Caller reported.
The DOI, at the direction of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, released a revised version of Obama’s 2015 conservation plan that placed limitations on over 100,000 square miles of land to protect a bird called the sage grouse.
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Under this revised plan, the federal government will back off to allow the states and various private organizations to decide how best to use land to prevent the sage grouse from becoming endangered.
That’s the commonsense thing to do. The federal government isn’t equipped to decide what is best for so much land, spanning several states. Only the states know what would work best for their populations.
“This commitment includes an interest by most States in retaining the 2015 GRSG Plans — using policy and clarifications initially to better align them with State plans and programs and to meet the purposes of the Order, while continuing joint engagement to further define consideration of potential targeted plan amendments,” read the revised plan.
Secretary Zinke ordered the plan to be revised on June 7, 2017, showing that he was quite serious about making sure his first order of business was reducing the federal government’s footprint when it comes to land management.
You can read the full report here.
To be clear, the federal government isn’t completely backing off its plan to protect the sage grouse, it is simply loosening restrictions and giving states the flexibility to do what is best for them.
These revisions will undoubtedly save the taxpayers millions of dollars. Rather than wasting federal government resources protecting a bird, the Trump administration will use them to defend this nation and rebuild it — which is what he was elected to do.
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