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As expected, groups plans more challenges to decision made under ousted USBLM chief's tenure

Conservation groups say they plan to pursue the reversal of Bureau of Land Management actions in Colorado and other states after a federal judge in Montana last week ruled that three of the agency’s resource management plans in Montana are invalid because of the role William Perry Pendley played in their approval.

Judge Brian Morris previously had ruled in September that Pendley had served illegally as acting director for more than year because he hadn’t been confirmed by the Senate and didn’t fall in the permitted category of people who can serve in an acting capacity. In his ruling Friday, Morris held that the three Montana plans must be set aside because Pendley, acting in an illegal capacity, had resolved protests over the plans.

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