Obama Administration Proposes to Increase the Amount of Land that Can Be Used As A Pawn in the Next Budget Fight
On October 31, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a speech at the National Press Club, "If Congress doesn't step up to act to protect some of these important places that have been identified by communities and people throughout the country, then the President will take action. There's no question that if Congress doesn't act, we will." Jewell was referring to designating huge swaths of public lands as National Monuments. When she calls on Congress to “step up,” she may be ignoring that local citizens, including some recreationists and businesses near public lands where Wilderness or other special designations are being considered, may not support such action.
Just what we need - even more land that the Department of Interior can block with gates and guards next time they are unhappy with their budget.