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Don't let Rep. Bishop sell off federal lands to the states

NW CA Hayfork Creek bridge walker. photo: Jason Smith

NW CA Hayfork Creek bridge walker. photo: Jason Smith

Congressman Rob Bishop [R-UT] has consistently made himself an obstacle to conservation work and a foe to public lands in general. Now, he’s using a different angle to try take away your public lands: by using the federal budget process to request $50 million of taxpayer money for the immediate transfer of national public lands to state control, and for other anti-conservation requests.

Rep. Bishop’s budget proposal also stops the protection of new tracts of land; supports the repeal of measures to reform the federal coal program and to prevent new coal leases on public lands; and siphons money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which helps to support our public lands.

Rep. Bishop’s budget request runs counter to the fundamental, democratic principle that public lands are part of our heritage and belong to everyone.

The House Appropriations Committee will soon be considering Rep. Bishop’s budget request.  We need to tell our California members of Congress who are key to the federal budget process that Rep. Bishop’s request is a bad one. Contact your member of Congress to tell her/him that you oppose any budget that contains this dangerous proposal.

Stop Congress from removing law enforcement on your public lands

Rose Valley 2 by Linda Castro

Rose Valley by Linda Castro

Representative Chaffetz (R-UT) has introduced H.R. 622, Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act, which would terminate all United States Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) law enforcement officers and would take away from these agencies all federal funding for law enforcement activities.

This bill is now being considered by the House Natural Resources Committee and Agriculture Committee.  A good number of California Representatives are on those Committees and will be an important part of Congress’ decision making process on this bill.

Please send them a letter that asks them to oppose H.R. 622 NOW.

A vote is expected any day. Let them know why the public lands in your district are so important to you – personal letters are always more powerful.