Friday, April 20, 2007

Bingaman and Salazar introduce bill to protect the National Landscape Conservation System

Everyone is very excited about Senators Bingaman (D-NM) & Salazar (D-CO) introducing a bill to protect -- theoretically -- the National Landscape Conservation System.

So am I, but I cannot find the actual text of the bill anywhere -- it isn't yet on Thomas and none of the laudatory web pages like this one from the Wilderness Society carry a link to it.

There are always so many details in these things for the devil to hide in, and some of the members and organizers of the Conservation System Alliance are a little squirrelly. It's hard for some people to understand that drawing a line around a place and giving it a new name doesn't always improve the management of the area -- and sometimes makes things a whole lot worse, as in the case of the Owyhee Initiative.

But I'm eager to see the bill, because it just might be everything it's cracked up to be. If anyone has a link, please send it along.



Tara Ferma said...

Drawing lines around land doesn't save it and may, in fact, draw the avid attention of those who will abuse it. But one case to be made for this system being official is that for the most part, many people tooling along western highways don't know when they're driving thorugh public land--unless it's a national park or national forest, both of which announce themselves when you're coming and going. The vast BLM lands (which far exceed what's in the NLCS) are not copiously signed. So when people see those cows crapping in that rare wetland or chewing the beejesus out of the last tufts of grass along the highway, they may think they're driving by a private ranch. If we could get some signs out there so people know it's their land that is being so sadly abused, it might help.

Anonymous said...

You can find the bill language by gging to (no w's) this is the congressional website and searching for S. 1139, that's the bill number.