Thursday, June 02, 2011

President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar, please stop the retreat from wilderness protection in the USA: “Please fight for the BLM Wild Lands Po

President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar, please stop the retreat from wilderness protection in the USA: “Please fight for the BLM Wild Lands Policy”


Dear President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar,

Please fight for the BLM Wild Lands Policy!!!! please stop the retreat from wilderness protection in the USA

The retreat this week from the BLM Wild Lands Policy is a retreat on American conservation policy as a whole. I urge you to fight for this policy so we can see it succeed .

As announced, Interior intends to seek input from “members of Congress, state and local officials, tribes and federal land managers to identify BLM lands that may be appropriate candidates for Congressional protection under the Wilderness Act.”

What about public input? FLPMA was passed in 1976 in part to address poor management decisions that were made without public involvement. Public involvement has been a cornerstone of your administration. It should continue to be so on conservation issues.

I am also concerned that thoughtful guidelines, developed with public input, may now be abandoned by today’s policy change. One of those guidelines is to ensure interim protection for wilderness-quality lands so that they can be enjoyed by all Americans and safeguarded until Congress can act to provide permanent protection.

This is no time to back down from anti–wilderness forces in Congress. We need your leadership to ensure that the BLM identifies wilderness-quality lands, provides interim protection, and includes the public in management decisions.

Please protect America’s wilderness! I have a daughter’s future to think of.

Kevin Stoda
Kansas/Missouri (border town)

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