|February 19th, 2010, 02:43 PM||#1|
GLFWDA Land Use Committee
Join Date: 11-07-05
Obama considering 13 million acre land grab
BRC NATIONWIDE ACTION ALERT
SECRET DOCUMENT REVEALS OBAMA CONSIDERING 13 MILLION ACRE LAND GRAB
ANTIQUITIES ACT ABUSES MUST END - ACTION ITEM BELOW
A recently obtained internal document from the Department of the Interior (DOI) shows the Obama Administration is considering using the Antiquities Act to grab 13 million acres of public and private lands in 11 western states as National Monuments without any public review or opportunity to comment. Obama is considering Monuments in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
( http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/N..._Monuments.pdf )
Many of these lands are home to world class motorized and non-motorized recreation destinations. The Antiquities Act allows the President to establish National Monuments that replace multiple use management with a preservationist directive.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
BRC'S THREE-STEP ACTION ITEM
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LAWMAKERS:
NOTE: Please be polite and, if possible, make your comments as personal as you can.
STEP 1: Click on the following link to go to BRC's Rapid Response Center.
http://www.sharetrails.org/rapid_response/ and in the "Contact Lawmakers"
box type your zip code and click GO. Click on your representative's name
and then click on the Contact tab to locate their phone number.
Follow the same steps for each senator.
STEP 2: When you call, use the talking points below to help make your point.
Be brief and polite, but make sure the staff person understands you OPPOSE
new National Monuments.
STEP 3: Take just a minute to forward this alert to friends and family and ask them
to do the same.
A recently obtained internal document from the Department of the Interior (DOI) shows the Obama Administration is considering using the Antiquities Act to designate National Monuments on 13 million acres of public and private lands in 11 western states.
I am asking you to go on record as opposing any unilateral monument designations by the Administration. Also, I want you to sponsor or co-sponsor legislation that requires Congressional review of Antiquities Act proclamations. This process should also allow for State and local government as well as public input before any designation takes place.
Given the economic crisis our nation is in today, this is not a good use of my taxes.
Thank you for allowing me to express my concern.
MORE INFO FROM THE WEB:
Obama Eyes Western Land for National Monuments, Angering Some:
Senior Republicans allege secret Interior plot to create national monuments:
Two more monuments in Utah? San Rafael Swell and Cedar Mesa?:
Rep. Dean Heller: Feds looking at designating 2 Nevada national monuments:
Chorus of protest
Critics of secret BLM meetings share diverse backgrounds, conflicting interests
Special status possible for Colorado sites
Areas may be deemed worthy of wilderness, other designation
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|March 3rd, 2010, 02:52 PM||#3|
Dear Mr. XXXXXX:
Thank you for contacting me about potential administrative action to designate National Monuments.
While I support preservation of our national lands, I believe state and local stakeholders should be involved in public land use decisions. The balance between preservation and appropriate use can be difficult to manage. Since these decisions often cover such large areas, this balance must be carefully negotiated between different regions of the state and country.
If potential administrative action moves forward on this topic, I will keep your views in mind. I am
Vernon J. Ehlers
Member of Congress
Please tell me we're not the only ones on this site concerned with not being able to wheel out west some day