Ranchers Praise Decision In NEPA Case That Will Help Alleviate U.S. Wildfires
WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2020) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and Public Lands Council (PLC), today released the following statement in response to the U.S. District Court for Western Virginia denying a preliminary injunction that would have blocked Trump Administration's revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) from becoming effective law on September 14th:
"These improvements create a better, faster NEPA process, that will help protect America's natural resources. In a time where millions of acres are already burning due to delayed or cancelled treatments bogged down as a result of inefficient NEPA processes, there is no time left to waste. That fact was recognized today by federal courts, who ruled that these NEPA revisions will move forward. Ranchers will now be able to move faster in making range improvements that can prevent and reduce the impacts of wildfires," said NCBA Executive Director of Natural Resources and PLC Executive Director, Kaitlynn Glover. "Let me be clear to anyone looking to bring any further lawsuits to delay this critical NEPA rulemaking; NCBA and PLC will continue to fight for ranchers whose grazing practices mitigate wildfire and ensure the health and safety of thousands of communities across the West."
NCBA is a party to the case, Wild Virginia et al., v Council on Environmental Quality et al., and contributed to today’s court victory