Wednesday, March 21, 2018|2 a.m.
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When Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke came to Nevada last summer to examine the state’s 2 most recent nationwide monoliths– Gold Butte and Basin and Variety– he blew off essential stakeholders like regional Paiute people and then cut out after reducing a prepared two-day trip to one day.
About a month after Zinke made his brief fly-by, the Interior Department suggested lowering the monolith to “the smallest location compatible” to protect historical items and get rid of springs with water rights out of the monument location.
Justifiably, advocates for the monolith cried nasty, saying they didn’t get a chance to offer Zinke with a complete view of why the location should have complete federal protection.
Now, nevertheless, Nevadans have a chance to tell the Department of the Interior whatever they didn’t get an opportunity to tell Zinke.
The department is seeking public discuss the Bureau of Land Management’s proposed Southern Nevada District resource management strategy, a detailed document that will identify how a tremendous swath of public land in our area is stewarded.
Gold Butte becomes part of the district, so the resource management strategy process offers the general public its first opportunity to inform federal officials how they believe the location needs to be overseen.
It’s also a chance to reveal to the federal government that the monolith’s limits must be left alone. The Trump administration has not made a decision on whether to act on the Interior’s recommendation to diminish the location’s acreage.
Here’s hoping Southern Nevadans make the most of the chance to use their input on Gold Butte and other public lands in our area.
To help homeowners make their voices heard, the Sun today provides details from the Friends of Gold Butte advocacy company not just on ways to submit comments however ways to make them resonate with Interior officials.
We likewise provide a visitor column from a Southern Nevada entrepreneur who offers point of view on why protecting Gold Butte is important to the area’s economy and our quality of life.
Finally, we ‘d welcome commenters to share their remarks with the Sun for possible publication in a future edition. If you ‘d like to let the community know what you informed the BLM, please email a copy of your remarks to Ric Anderson, the Sun’s editorial page editor, at [ e-mail safeguarded], or send them by means of mail to Ric Anderson, Greenspun Media Group, 2275 Corporate Circle, Henderson, NV 89074.
To those sharing their remarks, we ‘d also encourage you to send us photos you have actually taken at Gold Butte. Pictures can be emailed or sent by mail to Anderson.
As the BLM weighs its management plan, the stakes are high for our area.
The plan will cover numerous uses of public land– leisure, agricultural, oil and gas expedition and more.
For Gold Butte, especially, complete federal security is essential. The monument is home to ancient Native American petroglyphs and other artifacts, sensitive native plants, at-risk wildlife such as bighorn sheep and desert tortoises, fossil track websites dating to millions of years ago, and some of the most awesome topography on Earth.
It’s likewise a centerpiece of the region’s efforts to expand its outside tourism industry, an essential piece of a more comprehensive effort to diversify the state’s economy and lower its reliance on gaming and resort tourist.
Simply put, Gold Butte is a treasure for our area– environmentally, traditionally, culturally and financially.
We owe it not just to ourselves to safeguard it, however to future generations and to those who stewarded it throughout countless years. Permitting it to be lowered or subjected to management practices that would put its environment or artifacts at threat is unthinkable.
Zinke might not have actually wanted to hear all that throughout his go to last summer season, however his department needs to know it now.