The meeting on Aug. 8, 2011 with Congressman Doc Hasting, chrm of House Natural Resource Committee went well. He is certainly a stong ally in our attempts to keep our public lands and access to them open for the PUBLIC to recreate on and enjoy . On behalf of his position and stance on Public Lands & Access, I was proud to pesent him with the Magnetic Leadership Award (a agatized pet wood magnet - from Saddle Mtn ) He acknowledged AFMS/NFMS/ALAA/WSMC for their input and activisim and encouraged us to be vigilant in our purpose and mission. Andy Johnson - President WSMC
"On March 30, 2009, the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (PRPA) became law when President Barack Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act (OPLMA) of 2009, Public Law 111-011. P.L. 111-011, Title VI, Subtitle D on Paleontological Resources Preservation (known by its popular name, the PRPA) (123 Stat. 1172; 16 U.S.C. 470aaa) requires the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to manage and protect paleontological resources on Federal land using scientific principles and expertise. The PRPA includes specific provisions addressing management of these resources by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Park Service (NPS), the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) of the Department of Agriculture. " Recently, the USDA Forest Service published their proposed Rule which serves to implement the already existing PRPA of 2009. The official Federal Government USDA Forest Service comment period on this proposed Implementation Rule ends July 22, 2013 (unless extended) ANYONE (yes you) can provide comments to this proposed implementation as the PRPA applies to only Forest Service Lands. It appears that the companion proposed Implementation Rule from the Bureau of Land Management has yet to be published. Thanks to Alan Goldstein and Sandra Carlson (Paleo Society President) for bringing this to our attention via the Paleolist serve.
Friday, Jul. 20, 2012 - State Parks Director Ruth Coleman resigned this morning and her second in command has been fired after officials learned the department has been sitting on nearly $54 million in surplus money for as long as 12 years. Read More