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BLM announces public land days, seeks reps

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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is informing the public about free public land days, openings on its advisory committees and grazing regulations.

• In 2020, there will be five fee-free days for visitors accessing BLM-managed lands for recreation-related purposes. The days are Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Feb. 17 (President’s Day), June 13 (National Get Outdoors Day), Sept. 26 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day). Day-use fees will be waived, while camping fees and other fees will remain in effect. More information is available on the website www.recreation.gov.

• The agency also is seeking representatives to serve on 27 of its advisory committees nationwide. Advisors can be members of the general public, public land users and lessees, representatives of groups interested in the natural or cultural resources on the lands, and researchers, state agency representatives, scientists and government leaders. Contact Allison Sandoval, 505-954-2019, aesandoval@blm.gov, for more information.

• The BLM is also planning to introduce new grazing regulations and will develop an Environmental Impact Statement related to those. Public comments can be made at scoping meetings to begin in February or submitted in writing. More information is available on a government website: https://go.usa.gov/xyMqb.

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