Daniel Montero of RaD Explorations wrote a beautiful piece about the time we spent on the ephemeral Quinn River. We were recently back by the spot we paddled and the water has moved on, the channel now dry. The Quinn River has a special place in our hearts as it is the river our creek feeds and since its occurrence is rare, we reveled in the chance to experience its momentary passage into the desert.
Below is a small excerpt from Daniel's post. You can see the entire post on RaD Explorations Blog.
Ephemeral water. Water that exists and doesn’t exist. That exists in this time, but not in that time or the time before that, or after that. And then it exists again. It questions our notions of permanence.
We've been working hard on updating our photo tour! We've added a few albums and added pictures to a few of the existing albums. Below are links to what we've done so far and we are still working on adding. Please check out all our new photographs!
We hope you enjoy!
The U.S. Department of the Interior is conducting a review of certain National Monuments designated or expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906 in order to implement Executive Order 13792 of April 26, 2017. The Secretary of the Interior will use the review to determine whether each designation or expansion conforms to the policy stated in the Executive Order and to formulate recommendations for Presidential actions, legislative proposals, or other appropriate actions to carry out that policy. This Notice identifies twenty-seven National Monuments under review and invites comments to inform the review.
To ensure consideration, written comments relating to the Bears Ears National Monument must be submitted before May 26, 2017. Written comments relating to all other National Monuments must be submitted before July 10, 2017.
You may submit written comments online at http://www.regulations.gov by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240.
Unfortunately the U.S. Senate voted today to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Planning 2.0, taking away the public's, opportunity to have input and a voice on how our public lands are managed.
Mind you, this was not done by the BLM, but by our elected officials.
We, the public land owners, should be furious that our representatives are silencing our voices on the management of our lands. If you call your representatives, especially ones that voted to repeal BLM Planning 2.0, please tell them how disappointed you are that they stole your voice in land management.
BLM Planning 2.0 is an initiative that aims to increase public involvement and incorporate the most current data and technology into public land use planning. Final revisions to the planning regulations has been released along with several supporting documents, including a response to public comments, an economic analysis, and a categorical exclusion. With this initiative, the BLM hopes to enhance the way it involves the public in its planning efforts, making it easier for people to participate earlier in the process and in a more meaningful way.
Proponents of BLM 2.0 feel the BLM’s new planning rule creates a more dynamic and durable planning process that is more responsive to change, making it more efficient to keep plans current. This saves the BLM time and saves taxpayers money
The House repealed BLM 2.0 a few weeks ago with H. J. res 44. Opponents of "Planning 2.0" argue that increasing public participation creates red tape and takes power away from local and state governments in favor of conservation groups. However, the final rule retains the special role of state, local and tribal cooperating agencies, as specifically required by the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act.
We feel it's important not to tie the hands of the newly appointed Secretary of Interior, Ryan Zinke, before he even sits down at his desk. The CRA (Congressional Review Act)* is not the best way to deal with any concerns about Planning 2.0 - let our new secretary handle this.
If you want to have a voice in public land management and a planning process that is more collaborative and transparent; and strengthens opportunities for other Federal agencies, State and local governments, Indian tribes, and the public to be involved in the development of RMPs earlier and more frequently; please contact your Senators and ask them to maintain BLM Planning 2.0.
If you don't know your Senate office numbers, call (202)-224-3121 to be connected to your Senate offices (just tell them what state you're calling from). When you speak to your Senators, please tell them to protect BLM Planning 2.0 by asking them not to support H. J. Res. 44.
We are in Lakeview, Oregon for the Northwest Basin and Range Synthesis Ecosystem Symposium. We are so excited to be here and share the Basin and Range Project! We will be presenting a poster during the poster session of the Symposium.
Yesterday (2/10/17), at the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners meeting, a huge crowd of hunters, conservationists, and concerned citizens gathered as the commission reviewed and discussed the Nevada Land Management Task Force Report to transfer public lands to the State of Nevada, the Senate Joint Resolution 1 (SJR 1) of the 2015 Nevada Legislature and subsequent federal legislation, namely HR 1484 which died when in the 114th.closed, but will be reintroduced in the 115th.. The commission reviewed the history of SJR 1 and HR 1484, then the Nevada Lands Council presented its efforts to support the proposed legislation and answered questions that the commission had.
The commission had a lot of questions and concerns about the Task Force Report and the upcoming proposed legislation, none of the 9 members supported them initially. and after the question and answer portion of the meeting, they didn't seem to change their minds. The commission then opened the floor up to comments from the public, not one commenter supported the legislation and all urged the commission not support it as well.
In the end, the commission voted unanimously to summarize their and the public's concerns in a letter to Amodei, who introduced the past legislation and is planning on introducing a new version of HR 1484 soon.
It was very cool to see public land users of differing and often conflicting uses come together to support our common cause. Hopefully this camaraderie continues and will help us work on tough issues facing land management and use in the future.
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We love the Basin and Range region and work to promote appreciation and respect for the area. We encourage all users to learn about, play in and protect this amazing resource.
We currently focus primarily on issues in the Nevada region of the Basin and Range, but are looking to expand soon.