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Analysis finds 92% of respondents favor Bureau of Land Management rule change

July 5 marks the last day of public comment for a proposed rule change allowing the Bureau of Land Management to bring better balance to its multiple-use policy.

One analysis found that an overwhelming majority of comments favor the proposal.

The nonprofit Center for Western Priorities sampled 10,000 of the comments and did a statistical breakdown.

It found that 92% of the comments favored the rule change, which would place recreation on par with other uses of BLM lands, such as mining and grazing.

Although in theory all users should get equal consideration under the agency’s multiple use doctrine, conservationists complain that its policies frequently favor oil, gas and other industries.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.