According to the Washington Post, efforts have now begun to initiate the Republican Platform. Ryan Zinke, Director of the Department of Interior, has just recommended to the President that 10 of the western National Monuments be reduced in size and the remaining lands opened up to cattle grazing, mining and timber harvesting. This is just the beginning!
Remember the two top environmental issues we face worldwide, population expansion and deforestation? We have already lost over 50% of our forest covered lands and our population will reach 10 BILLION in just 34 years. I can assure you that transferring these lands to the states for management will result in the selling of these vital assets to private corporations and individuals, who will develop these lands for economic gain. These lands are the property of the American citizens and must be protected and managed to sustain life on our planet. If you care about the future, you need to get involved! These Representatives, Senators and the Administration are PUBLIC SERVANTS representing you and must be held accountable!
I must point out that I am not a supporter of the Preservation concept of management, nor the current concept of Conservation management. I strongly support change that focuses on managing our valuable forests for health and diversity. When properly applied, the results will provide renewable natural resources from the forests, and will maintain the natural world we depend upon for our survival!