November 12, 2008

Stop New Federal Land Grab

Britt Weygandt
News Blaze

Congressional leaders say they will ram through an omnibus public lands package in a "lame duck" session of Congress coming up during the week of November 17th. The Roundtable is rallying Westerners to oppose this huge federal land grab.

Take action here right now:

This 1,000-page package includes more than 150 bills that would:

-- create more than a million acres of wilderness;
-- restrict the development of energy resources on various federal lands;
-- place hundreds of thousands of acres under new or enhanced federal control; and
-- further restrict many forms of use and access to public lands.

Not only that, but this bill would lock in, by statute, the Clinton Administration-inspired "National Landscape Conservation System" (NLCS) within the BLM. The bill would give federal land managers the ability to alter the long-standing multiple use management philosophy of the BLM by elevating the purposes to "conserve, protect, restore" above other purposes for NLCS units.

This could mean agriculture, energy exploration and production and other economic uses could become imperiled on huge swathes of Western public lands. To see the acreages impacted by NLCS in the West, go here:

Please take 60 seconds and send a pre-drafted communication to your elected official here:

Thank you for helping to stop this very bad legislation.

Britt Weygandt
Western Business Roundtable

The Roundtable is a non-profit, 501(c)(6) organization that unites a wide variety of business and industry leaders to work on a bipartisan basis for public policies that promote a common sense balance between economic growth and environmental conservation.