Editor's note: This special feature is owned by Rose Marcario, president and CEO of Patagonia, and Land Tawney, president and CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.
William Perry Pendley needs to leave D.C. After Christmas he didn't return to work.
The United States owns 640 million acres of government land and water for all of us. Whether you like hunting, fishing, hiking or canoeing – or you like a quiet place to dive – our public and watery landscapes can be enjoyed. While most of us can agree that these wild places need protection, their future depends on a consistent citizenry and, of course, strong leadership.
That is why the recent appointment of William Perry Pendley as acting chief of Land Management (BLM) is detrimental to land users in all ways. Pendley, former president of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, has created work in an attempt to weaken federal & # 39; s federal land management agencies and to completely eliminate # 39; and all public lands. – he is still in charge of managing millions of acres of land and water.
Pendley's term as acting director of the BLM, which began in July, is set to expire on January 3. There's a lot going on in Washington, for sure, but Pendley will only make matters worse if he stays in office, leaving behind him. confronting the best interests of the public. and endangering our public land and water as it already has.
In 2016, Pendley wrote that, in his view, the government should sell its Western lands – a very bad position that few politicians would encourage to take over if they did not want to be elected from office. In addition, in 2017, when President Trump undermined the integrity of naked law, one of our most important tools of protection, and opened up public lands for industrialization, Pendley argued that the President did not abuse it sufficiently. He has been doing similar attacks for decades.
With Pendley’s role in BLM, he has the ability to design resource management plans and open up wildlife trafficking routes to areas such as Red Desert in Wayoming. In his short time in office, he has already thwarted the Trump administration's efforts to restore its plan to protect Western action, home to hundreds of wildlife species, including the largest known & # 39; sage grouse & # 39 ;. Pendley's wrong decision not only affects the 51 million hectares of high-quality sagebrush in the country and some of the best hunting and hiking in the country, but it also disrupts management plans developed over many years. in close consultation with scientists, brokers, poachers, and the state. and # 39; local authorities.
If Pendley retains his last position on January 3, expect him to move forward with the energy industry efforts to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, home to the caribou and the Arctic, along with the indigenous people of Gwich. Even one of the world's largest oil companies, BP, has decided that it is not a good business to drill for asylum.
It doesn't have to be this way. Protecting our land and water is the right thing to do – and it's a good policy. A recent survey found that 65 percent of Mountain West voters want Kromoga to protect our water, air, wildlife, and outdoor recreation opportunities on public land, compared to just 24 percent who prioritize public land energy production. Almost all Western voters who voted – 87 per cent – showed that the external economy is crucial to their country's future. Earlier this year, Congress listened to the people and passed the most important conservation laws for a decade, expanding wilderness areas, reducing public access programs, and protecting key lands and rivers. The measure enjoyed such solid support, in fact, that it was a clear objection, with a vote of 92-8 in the Senate and 363-62 in the House.
Pendley's appointment, at the very least, sends a strong message to land managers and natural-resource workers. These hardworking civil servants deserve our support and expert leadership.
To continue this development and to stop Pendley from running, the Senate should request that he be removed from his position – or at least demand to formally appoint a BLM director and thus be subject to Congressional confirmation processes. The time for action is now, before Pendley's time is extended, as it was before. We need to work together, and Congress needs to listen to the people, to ensure that his BLM time is over.
Hunters and tourists may not be keen on any issue, but we agree with this: The land of the American public and water is a national treasure that must be protected, passed on, and developed by top buyers. Use your voice today and tell your Senators that the Land Management Office deserves better. ♦
Rose Marcario is president and CEO of Patagonia. Land Tawney is president and CEO of & # 39; Backcountry Hunters & Anglers & # 39 ;. Contact your senators and ask them to refuse Pendley to be the head of BLM here.
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