In August, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining held hearings on a number of bills that would protect public lands and waters.Read More
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Today, President Obama is expected to designate three new National Monuments: Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California, Waco Mammoth National Monument in Texas, and Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada.Read More
Soledad Canyon provides access to the San Gabriel Mountains (pictured here), a popular destination for hikers, campers, skiers, and snowboarders.
Soledad Canyon is a gateway to the San Gabriel Mountains, a popular weekend destination for hikers, skiers, and campers in Los Angeles. We’ve posted before about how frontcountry land like the San Gabriels provide much-needed outdoor access to urban populations. A new bill proposes to protect access to Soledad Canyon by buying out a contract with Cemex, a mining company with a contract there. This is great news for southern California outdoors enthusiasts.
The hitch? In order to pay Cemex to cancel the contract—which is only fair, since the company paid for a lease on the land that it now won’t be able to use—the bill proposes selling 10,000 acres of BLM land in Victorville, California. Selling public lands in order to pay for other public lands is bad policy-- it just doesn’t make long-term sense to use public lands as a piggy bank to pay bills.
We’re thrilled to see Senator Heinrich flagging the problems with this process and encouraging Congress to find other methods to offset the cost of the Cemex contract. His efforts to protect public lands across the west are on-point. There are plenty of ways to approach this issue and selling 10,000 acres of public land seems like a mistake.
We all dream of the far away trips, but for most of us, the everyday chance to get outside often matters more.Read More