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Jon Beck

Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 12, 2017 - 05:51pm PT
Some really Bundyesqe language in this bill that would give locals the ability to veto Federal decisions

Yesterday, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced a bill to eviscerate the Antiquities Act, a core conservation tool responsible for protecting some of our country’s most iconic outdoor recreation destinations. Today, we learned that the bill will be voted on in committee tomorrow.

The details of this bill barely merit conversation, but suffice it to say that, not only would it end the availability of the Antiquities Act as a meaningful conservation tool in the future, but also it would give the President new power to undo existing protections on public lands.

Among its provisions, the deceptively named “National Monument Creation and Protection Act” would:

Place new limits on the objects that could be protected, drastically curtailing the Act’s ability to protect landscapes we value for recreation;
Give county elected officials and others veto authority over decisions concerning national public lands;
Lock in place potentially incompatible uses of protected areas;
Give adjacent private property owners veto power over land management decisions on public lands; and
Give the President new authority to undo existing protections.
This bill is a textbook example of anti-public lands legislation, aimed at transferring control over national public lands to small, nonpublic constituencies.

For the 100+ years that the Antiquities Act has been on the books, it has been instrumental in protecting iconic places for outdoor recreation, from the Grand Canyon and Devils Tower, to more recent examples like the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Browns Canyon, and Bears Ears.

Please take a moment to write your representative today and share your thoughts on this potentially catastrophic bill.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 12, 2017 - 07:08pm PT
Now Jim Costa knows I care.

Thanks for posting, Jon.

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Oct 12, 2017 - 07:35pm PT
Schist! I thought Rep. Bishop had been beat-down by conservationest backlash on his last two bills to sell off Our Public lands. He actually pulled both bills after groups of hunters & fishers, especially Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, got in his face about selling off their access to Our Public lands.

I predict a similar backlash, & anyone here who enjoys access to OUR PUBLIC lands, sould not be setting on their hands.

I joined these folks, who seem to be much more effective than the Sierra Club at disturbing right-wing as#@&%e like Rep. Bishop.

Our Boise demonstration to let the right-wingnuts know that a lot of different folks appreciate access to OUR PUBLIC lands was widely reported as the largest pro-Public lands demonstration in 2017.

Hikers, river-runners, backpackers, climbers, mountain bikers, hunters, anglers, backcountry runners, campers, & even dirt-bikers, came together on that day at Idaho's capital building.

Credit: Fritz
Credit: Fritz

You folks can certainly do better than we folks in Idaho!

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Oct 12, 2017 - 07:44pm PT
Here's a press release from Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, shared with Patagonia, & First Light, with the capital phone number you can contact.

Sportsmen and Outdoors Leaders Denounce Antiquities Act Takedown

House legislation would undermine bedrock conservation law,
fundamentally diminish national monuments system

MISSOULA, Mont. – Leaders in the outdoors and sportsmen’s communities today joined together in criticizing House of Representatives legislation that would undermine the federal Antiquities Act, sending a strong and unified pro-conservation message from a diverse constituency of public lands users, recreationists, hunters and anglers.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Patagonia and First Lite CEOs together condemned a bill introduced on Friday by Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah. The National Monument Creation and Protection Act (H.R. 3990) would severely limit national monument designations made by presidents, including stipulating that proposed monuments larger than 640 acres be subject to a federal review process and enabling presidents to reduce or alter monuments already in existence. The House Natural Resources Committee will take steps to advance this legislation at a markup this afternoon.

“Congressman Bishop’s bill should cause all Americans to sit up and take notice,” said BHA President and CEO Land Tawney. “His attack on one of America’s bedrock conservation laws is bold and real – and cannot be allowed to stand unchallenged. As chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Congressman Bishop should be working to increase our public lands legacy – not destroy it. He has plenty to do, such as working to fully fund and permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, rather than wasting his time on unpopular, ill-fated pipe dreams.”

“This is a dangerous bill. Congressman Bishop should recognize the committee he leads is meant to protect our natural resources, not destroy them,” said Patagonia CEO and President Rose Marcario. “The Antiquities Act is foundational to our American experience of protection of public lands and waters. To blatantly seek to weaken it is a national disgrace and a sell out to future generations of outdoorsmen and woman. We implore him to move on the pending public land bills before his committee that protect recreation, hunting and fishing on public lands. It is highly ironic that the chairman is adopting a 'Washington knows best' approach when just this summer, over 2.5 million Americans from across the country spoke out in support of our public lands.”

“Make no bones about it,” said First Lite Co CEO Kenton Carruth, “we at First Lite make our living off of hunting. What’s crucial to hunting and new hunter recruitment is access and availability of quality public lands. That’s something we need to ensure for the future of hunting and our business.”

The federal Antiquities Act has been used by 16 presidents – eight Republicans and eight Democrats – to safeguard millions of acres of exceptional public lands and waters; however, the act has recently been the subject of unprecedented assaults. An executive order signed by the president in April directed the Interior Department to study monuments covering tens of millions of acres and gauge whether their size, boundaries and scope conform to parameters outlined in the law. Millions of citizens weighed in, the vast majority supporting national monuments. Details in a leaked report suggest, however, that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be recommending reductions in size and increased industrial development on numerous national monuments, including outstanding fish and wildlife habitat that provides some of the best hunting and fishing in the nation.

BHA, Patagonia and First Lite urge members of the House Natural Resources Committee to reject H.R. 3990 and ask their members, customers and followers to do the same by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 13, 2017 - 09:38am PT
I think this is a last minute land grab before Trump is run out of office, they know that time is limited.

Boulder climber
Oct 13, 2017 - 12:57pm PT
It's simple- A quarter of our population has backslid to third world status.

Through lack of education, propaganda and gerrymandering the cronies and raiders are back in business while the victims cheer them on.

state of being
Oct 27, 2017 - 03:44pm PT
Trump announces Bears Ears to be downsized. Maybe to 120,000 acres as shown on some proposals, down from 1.3 million.

The Wastelands
Oct 27, 2017 - 03:57pm PT
What political party does the bill's sponsor belong to?

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Oct 27, 2017 - 08:31pm PT
Norton! Sigh. As you well know, there is not a legislative bill to reduce the size of Obama's Bears Ears National Monument, or Clinton's Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

It is just trump acting on conservative outrage about Obama & Clinton trying to save some of OUR PUBLIC lands from mining, drilling, over-grazing, & "development" for future generations of OUR AMERICANS to enjoy.

It's apparently nothing to get excited about here on ST.
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