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#1 rando

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 03:08 AM

As many of you know the DOI has been tasked with 'reviewing' 27 National Monuments that were created in the last 20 years.  The intent of this 'review' is clear - to reduce in size or all together eliminate many of these monuments.   However there is a public comment period - and I strongly encourage anyone who feels strongly about our public lands and natural heritage to make their feelings known through well reasoned, constructive and polite comments at:

https://www.regulati...-2017-0002-0001

 

The official comment period opens tomorrow, May 12, but it seems that comments are already being accepted.   Comments specific to Bears Ears NM close May 26th and for the other NM July 10th.  Please make sure the voice of those who use and love these lands is heard.    For reference the following national monuments are being 'reviewed':

 

Basin and Range, Nevada, 703,585 acres, designated 2015.
• Bears Ears, Utah, 1,353,000 acres, designated 2016.
• Berryessa Snow Mountain, California, 330,780 acres, designated 2015.
• Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado, 175,160 acres, designated 2000.
• Carrizo Plain, California, 204,107 acres, designated 2001.
• Cascade Siskiyou, Oregon, 100,000 acres, designated 2000/2007.
• Craters of the Moon, Idaho, 737,525 acres, designated 1924/2000.
• Giant Sequoia, California, 327,760 acres, designated 2000.
• Gold Butte, Nevada, 296,937 acres, designated 2016.
• Grand Canyon-Parashant, Arizona, 1,014,000 acres, designated 2000.
• Grand Staircase-Escalante, Utah, 1,700,000 acres, designated 1996.
• Hanford Reach, Washington, 194,450.93 acres, designated 2000.
• Ironwood Forest, Arizona, 128,917 acres, designated 2000.
• Katahadin Woods and Waters, Maine, 87,563 acres, designated 2016.
• Marianas Trench, CNMI/Pacific Ocean 60,938,240, designated 2009.
• Mojave Trails, California, 1,600,000 acres, designated 2016.
• Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, Atlantic Ocean, 3,114,320 acres, designated 2016.
• Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks, New Mexico, 496,330 acres, designated 2014.
• Pacific Remote Islands, Pacific Ocean, 55,608,320 acres, designated 2009.
• Papahanaumokuakea, Hawaii/Pacific Ocean, 89,600,000 acres, designated 2006/2016.
• Rio Grande del Norte, New Mexico, 242,555 acres, designated 2013.
• Rose Atoll, American Samoa/Pacific Ocean, 8,609,045 acres, designated 2009.
• Sand to Snow, California, 154,000 acres, designated 2014.
• San Gabriel Mountains, California, 346,177 acres, designated 2014.
• Sonoran Desert, Arizona, 486,149 acres, designated 2001.
• Upper Missouri River Breaks, Montana, 377,346 acres, designated 2001.
• Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona, 279,568 acres, designated 2000.                                                                                                                                                                                

 


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 03:12 AM

Also, please share this information far and wide, the more comments received from a diverse group of users, the better.


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 11:26 AM

"I strongly express that ALL national monuments should NOT be reviewed. As a “stakeholder” (read as a tax payer and voter) I have NO problem with my government that previously set aside these areas. I do NOT want any development, drilling, mining, commercializing, etc of any kind now or forever."

 

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 11:50 AM

I gave my comment and shared this on FB. Thanks for keeping us informed Rando!


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 02:36 PM

Thanks guys.   Keep the comments going to: 

https://www.regulati...-2017-0002-0001

 

Reading through the 800 or so comments already submitted, it is clear that the public is overwhelmingly in favor of keeping these monuments as they are.    However the louder and clearer the message, the harder it is for the administration to go against the will of the people (I hope).


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#6 Vic Harder

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 02:46 PM

do comments from canadians and other foreigners matter?
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Posted 12 May 2017 - 02:53 PM

Of course Canadians matter!     

 

It certainly can't hurt to comment about the economic benefit these monuments have brought to the country and to the surrounding communities through your visits. 


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#8 flinchlock

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 03:33 PM

do comments from canadians and other foreigners matter?

 

Only if they are human. :-))

 

They do not required a name or email... hmm, vote often!


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 07:14 PM

Thank you for this notice. I rewrote it and sent it out to 60 people who I know will let their voices be heard.


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Posted 13 May 2017 - 10:22 PM

Thanks Buckland!   It is really heartening to read through the comments posted so far and see the raw passion for our public lands. 


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