Master Leasing Plans: A Responsible Process

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The encroachment of energy development on lands near national parks in the West has the potential to cause conflicts between extraction, recreation and conservation. The Department of the Interior (DOI) has a tool to deal with these potential conflicts before they occur: Master Leasing Plans (MLPs). Initiating and MLP process in localized areas of likely conflict before development occurs can help avoid drawn-out challenges, protect park lands, and provide certainty to both thriving national park gateway communities and to developers. This report encourages a wider embrace of MLPs in the West and details several national parks that would benefit from MLPs being conducted nearby.

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