• Dave Harmon, PW editor

New USBLM boss says past statement supporting public-land sell-off now "irrelevant"

BILLINGS, Mont. — A newly appointed Trump administration official said his past support for selling federal lands was “irrelevant,” after his selection to oversee an agency managing nearly a quarter-billion public acres in the U.S. West drew a backlash.

Acting Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley moved to disavow his longtime advocacy for federal land sales amid continued criticism over his appointment.

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