September 30, 2017 is National Public Lands Day. Although we here at the Basin and Range Project like to celebrate our public lands everyday, we want to make a concerted effort to celebrate public lands every day of September. To do this we will be going through our archives to bring you our favorite photos from our adventures on public lands. We feel this is especially important this year because our public lands are under attack, from the potential of shrinking our National Monuments to the potential of transferring our public lands to the states.
#welovepubliclands #publiclandsproud #publiclandowner #NPLD
From the RGJ:
Sandoval speaking on Gold Butte:
"It is an incredibly beautiful place with an amazing desert landscape." There are still some adjustments that need to be made, and I intend to have a conversation with Secretary Zinke in the very near future."
Sandoval speaking on Basin and Range:
"I do know that it is a beautiful place and I think it is important it be protected; I just think it is the scope that is the issue."
Full story here;
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"There are endless things to discover.” RT to defend #BasinAndRange @SenDeanHeller @GovSandoval pic.twitter.com/YBWDEf30Ep
RT to tell @SecretaryZinke & @WhiteHouse to preserve one of the few unblemished basins in the world! #BasinAndRange pic.twitter.com/YBWDEf30Ep
Hear why #BasinAndRange is so important for scientific discovery. Then RT to protect it! @SecretaryZinke pic.twitter.com/YBWDEf30Ep
Archaeologist Rayette - Twitter
"We can learn more about what past people were doing.” RT to defend #BasinAndRange @SenDeanHeller @GovSandoval pic.twitter.com/31KXDT7O1r
RT to tell @SecretaryZinke & @WhiteHouse to preserve an archaeological wonder! #BasinAndRange pic.twitter.com/31KXDT7O1r
Hear why #BasinAndRange is so important for scientific discovery. Then RT to protect it! @SecretaryZinke pic.twitter.com/31KXDT7O1r
Full length - Basin and Range
Stories. Communities. #MadeInAmerica. RT to tell @SecretaryZinke to keep #BasinAndRange protected! #MonumentsForAll https://twitter.com/MonumentsForUSA/status/898612309412597760
Why are you defending our #MonumentsForAll? Hear why Nevadans want to keep #BasinAndRange protected. @WhiteHouse https://twitter.com/BasinRangers/status/898583777449885696
Defend NV’s – & America’s – treasures. RT to support #BasinAndRange & #MonumentsForAll! @SenDeanHeller @GovSandoval https://twitter.com/BasinRangers/status/898583777449885696
Hear why Nevadans are speaking up for #BasinAndRange & then RT to defend #MonumentsForAll! @SecretaryZinke https://twitter.com/MonumentsForUSA/status/898612309412597760
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.
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.
Using social media, Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced his withdrawal of the proposed bill H.R. 621 which would sell off 3.3 million acres of federal land. Sportsmen and women, outdoor recreationalists, and conservationists across the country came together to oppose this bill and in Chaffetz's words "I am withdrawing HR 621...I hear you and HR 621 dies..."
Thank you for listening to the people! And thank you to all who voiced their opinions!
From the LWCF Coalition:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress has allowed America’s most important conservation program to expire, putting America’s National Parks, battlefields, forests, Wildlife Refuges and outdoor recreation sites at risk. For 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has kept a simple promise to the American people: when we allow offshore drilling for oil and gas that belongs to all of us, we set aside a small portion of the proceeds to protect America’s greatest places. Today that linkage between resource extraction and investment in the parks and places that make America great disappeared.
“This is a sad day for everyone who cares about our National Parks and outdoor conservation, recreation and wildlife. Congress has broken an enduring promise to the American people,” said Alan Rowsome, Senior Director of Government Relations for Lands at the Wilderness Society and Co-Chair of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Coalition. “Starting tomorrow, oil drilling will continue, but the American people won't see a penny of the proceeds reinvested in outdoor conservation and recreation. This is a shameful and brazen assault on America’s greatest places.”
Read more here: http://lwcfcoalition.org/in-the-news/1256-sept-30-2015-congress-terminates-americas-most-important-conservation-program.html
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined members of Congress, state elected officials, and local business and community leaders in applauding the President’s designation of the Basin and Range National Monument on public lands in southeastern Nevada. This national monument – located in one of the most remote and undeveloped areas of the state – exemplifies the rich cultural history, varied wildlife and vast open spaces with stunning views for which the state is known.
The Basin and Range National Monument is one of three new national monuments announced by President Obama today that help tell the story of significant events in American history and protect unique cultural and natural resources for the benefit of all Americans.
“This area is a spectacular expanse of rugged public lands that tell the proud story of the West, from the ancient rock art of our First Americans to the early homesteaders looking for opportunity on the open range,” said Secretary Jewell. “Today’s action builds on local efforts to preserve and protect this special place, while also allowing traditional ranching practices, recreational opportunities, future scientific study and national security exercises. The President’s action ensures that this area will remain a beloved resource for generations to come.”
Basin and Range National Monument, located in Lincoln and Nye counties about two hours from downtown Las Vegas, spans approximately 704,000 acres of rugged mountains and sweeping valleys. The monument tells the story of the area’s native peoples as well as the history of more recent settlers and mining communities. The designation also preserves current uses of the land, including traditional ranching practices and ongoing military training operations, while ensuring that the land remains unspoiled for future generations.
See more here: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/secretary-jewell-applauds-president-obamas-designation-of-basin-and-range-national-monument-in-nevada.cfm
WASHINGTON, D.C. –As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to making government information more readily available and useful, and in an effort to help more people discover public lands and waterways near their own communities, the U.S. Department of the Interior, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced today they will host a developer summit to expand the use of federal information about America’s lands and waters.
The myAmerica Developer Summit, which is scheduled over the weekend of April 11 and 12, 2015 at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., is meant to make recreation data more accessible and user friendly to all Americans.
The myAmerica initiative reaches out to federal agencies, private industry, academics, entrepreneurs, and others to develop trip-planning tools, enhance current online resources and cultivate methods for sharing data more easily – all in the name of improving access to America’s federal lands. The summit will support this effort by bringing together people with experience in technology, development, outdoor recreation, government, academia and industry to build products that leverage available data sources and other technological resources to help promote and protect America’s public lands.
“The myAmerica initiative will unlock the creativity of the private sector to make it easier for people to discover and experience America’s natural and national treasures,” said U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. “Engaging entrepreneurs and enthusiasts to help transform disparate sources of information on public lands into useful, user-friendly formats will inspire visitors to explore our public lands and resources, while boosting tourism, outdoor recreation, jobs and economic activity in local communities.”
According to the most recent visitor and economic data available, national parks, wildlife refuges, monuments and other public lands managed by Interior hosted an estimated 407 million recreation visits in 2013. These visits alone contributed $41 billion to the U.S. economy, supporting approximately 355,000 jobs nationwide.
“Our goals for this summit are to improve access to federal recreation information,” said U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “By working with innovative and creative experts from the technology industry, we hope to make it easier to find a campground near your favorite fishing hole, discover for the first time a beautiful lake just an hour from your home, participate in a ranger-led tour of an elaborate system of caves, and so much more. Travelers from around the world will have the potential of more travel planning options to discover the special places that make up the fabric of the natural, historical and cultural heritage of America.”
In advance of next month’s summit, this week, DOI and USDA also collaborated on an initiative to make it easier to access current recreation data using modern technology. The Application Programming Interface (API) for the Recreation Information Database (RIDB) allows the public to request data in very specific ways – by date, state, activity, keyword, organization, proximity, and timeframe – and is able to effectively provide all RIDB data in fully machine-readable and filtered data feeds or downloads, once again meeting the Obama Administration’s request for more open and transparent access to government data. The RIDB API is built out of data from several federal agencies and is considered the authoritative source of federal recreation data.
Those interested in more information on the myAmerica Developer Summit and how to participate should visit http://openglobe.github.io/myamerica-devsummit/
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