Judge overturns plans for Craters of the Moon land

larryellison Judge overturns plans for Craters of the Moon landTWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A judge has overturned a federal resource management plan for the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in southern Idaho.

The Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/pTMAuD) the decision from Chief U. S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill could potentially force the Bureau of Land Management to redo the planning process for lands within the Idaho monument, as well as the Pinedale Field Office in western Wyoming.

The ruling was issued earlier this week and marks a win for the Western Watersheds Project. That group sued the BLM claiming 16 management plans in six different states do not sufficiently take into account the impacts that grazing, oil and gas drilling, and residential construction have on imperiled sage grouse.

BLM officials said Friday the agency had not decided whether it will appeal.

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