Obaaaama backing away from plan on Wilderness!

Great news!!!:smirk:

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is backing away from a plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a memo to his agency that officials will not designate any public lands as "wild lands." Instead Salazar said the agency will work with members of Congress to develop recommendations for managing millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press.

Salazar's decision reverses an order issued in December to make millions of acres of public land eligible for wilderness protection. A budget deal approved by Congress prevented the Interior Department from spending money to implement the wilderness policy. Several Western states filed suit to block the plan.

Great news!!!:smirk:

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is backing away from a plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a memo to his agency that officials will not designate any public lands as "wild lands." Instead Salazar said the agency will work with members of Congress to develop recommendations for managing millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press.

Salazar's decision reverses an order issued in December to make millions of acres of public land eligible for wilderness protection. A budget deal approved by Congress prevented the Interior Department from spending money to implement the wilderness policy. Several Western states filed suit to block the plan.

Sounds good the original plan sounded stupid for everyone. I guess they got some flak and adjusted.

Salazar and Obama must finally be getting the hint:

By Associated Press, Published: May 27

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming is seeking to join Utah and Alaska in challenging an Obama administration plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection.

The state filed papers Thursday asking U.S. District Judge Dee Benson of Utah to let it join in a lawsuit Utah filed last month. Alaska already has moved to join the suit, which challenges the federal “wild lands” policy announced in December......................

Read the whole article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/wyoming-seeks-to-join-utah-alaska-in-challenging-federal-wilderness-protection-rule/2011/05/27/AGBZAzCH_story.html

Ride on

Brewster

While this is certainly good news for us in the short run, it may not make much difference in the long run. It may be that deciding not to designate it as "Wilderness" has more to do with being able to sell of the land to the highest bidder. I tend to doubt that we recreationalists factored much into the decision. Maybe I'm wrong, though....