INTERIOR DEPARTMENT REORGANIZATION WILL HIT NEW MEXICO’S LANDSCAPES, COMMUNITIES

From: NM Political Report

“The BLM’s workforce has declined by one-fifth since 2010, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), which notes that despite being the smallest federal land agency, BLM has the largest jurisdiction, overseeing a total of 245 million acres of land and 700 million acres of mineral rights nationwide. In December, PEER surveyed BLM employees, who responded that they were already understaffed and unable to handle their current workloads. “The idea they would take another cut of 1,000 jobs,” PEER’s executive director, Jeff Ruch, said. “The agency is shrinking even though its responsibilities haven’t decreased, if anything it’s gotten greater.””

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