As a fifth-generation Montanan who grew up in a logging and rail town near Glacier National Park, Zinke has had a lifelong appreciation for conserving America’s natural beauty while upholding Teddy Roosevelt’s vision of multiple-use on our public lands. (Department of Interior News Release) Rockhounds may have a chance!
JURISDICTION IS THE SOLUTION - A simple, clear, authoritative, and compelling argument for States to immediately assume control of their lands. This short white paper sets aside, for the moment, the issue of "land transfer," and focuses solely on Jurisdiction. Kirk MacKenzie of DFA
Access Denied - Closing Our Forests This youtube quickie is excellent for educating the public on what is happening to our public lands and our recreational opportunities. It takes a few minutes to watch it but the information here is very well done and explains how and why you are losing your right to recreate on public lands. Take the time to view it and then send it on to everyone you know who could use a little educating. Pass it on and on and on. /www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kUhLMi97dg
DENVER, CO(October 24, 2011)--Recreation access advocates expressed disappointment with the recent decision of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reinstating the 2001 Roadless Rule. That decision was issued on October 21, 2011 by a three-judge panel over eighteen months after the case was argued. Their 120-page opinion disagreed with the... Read more...
"Recreational miner rescued from pit" (Bakersfield Californian, 4/9/12) Firefighters rescued the man, "who suffered major injuries when he became trapped in a pit near Randsburg in eastern Kern County" when a "side wall ... caved in on him." The man "was dry mining a 3- or 4-foot-deep open pit when dirt and rocks sloughed off a wall and trapped him," a Kern County Fire Department spokesman said. "About 10 firefighters from Randsburg and Ridgecrest used tools including shovels" to get him out. The pit was "in a popular prospecting area" near Duisenburg mining camp. www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/x1322082818/Recreational-miner-rescued-from-pit
2010 - An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and caused a blow-out that began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. (The well was finally capped nearly three months later, on July 15.)