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Resolution 2016-22, Wilderness Characteristics Inventory


It is the intent of the Montana Association of Counties to educate the public and local governments about the possible action(s) of continued "wilderness characteristics" inventory being done by the federal land management agencies. 

WHEREAS, federal land management agencies have been directed by administration to do continued "wilderness characteristics" inventory; and

WHEREAS, the federal land management directives have changed the definition of "wilderness characteristics" from that of the Wilderness Act of 1976 to one far less restrictive; and

WHEREAS, section 603 (a) of the Federal Lands Policy Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA) restricted said inventory as defined by the Wilderness Act of 1964 to 15 years after enactment (Oct. 21, 1976 to Oct. 21 1991); and

WHEREAS, Prairie County, Montana has formally protested and appealed the Department of Interior's and BLM's directive of said inventory and exhausted the administrative remedies; and

WHEREAS, federal land management agencies have been told to finish inventory by 2016 which is prior to the end of the current administration's last term; and

WHEREAS, the Antiquities Act of 1906 has been used aggressively without local support by Presidents and MACo has a high degree of concern that the act in question will be used to declare a national monument being defined by new "wilderness characteristics" lands cataloged after Oct. 21, 1991.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Counties opposes continued "wilderness characteristics" inventory by the federal land management agencies without an Act of Congress; and

LET IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED that MACo opposes past and future application of the Antiquities Act of 1906 by Presidents of either party without local government support.

2016 ACTION

SPONSOR:  Prairie County
REFERRED TO: MACo Public Lands Committee
ADOPTED:  Annual Conference, Billings, MT, September 21, 2016