I guess Scott Tipton is letting us know which side his bread is buttered on.
Tipton said while recently touring the 3rd Congressional District he heard from ranchers, individuals from the oil and gas industry, local governments, mineral industry and motorized recreational users about the wild lands policy of the Bureau of Land Management. I could not find where I fit into that mix a mix that sounds like extractive and heavy users of the public lands.
Nowhere was there mention of folks and families who like to camp on public lands, hike through a forest, bike a quiet back road, paint a scene or relax in the outdoors to get away from the noise and hype of the everyday world.
No mention of people who like to float down a river, fish in a stream, photograph wildlife in its natural state, stand atop a mountain peak and admire the view, tourists who come and spend dollars in our area to see the wildlife and beautiful scenery, hunters who come to harvest wild game to feed their families.
I did not see any mention of the hardworking people who administer our public lands for the benefit of all uses and try to balance those uses through management of public lands.
Tipton states there was great offense about the lack of public hearings. Well, there are quite a few of us in the 3rd Congressional District who take offense to the way the extractive industries, ranchers and motorized users those constituents who have Tiptons ear have degraded public lands.
Public lands are there for all to use and enjoy. Why didnt Tipton hear that side of the support for Salazars wild lands policy at the BLM?
Does the public get to comment when a new gas well is proposed on public lands or ranchers grazing permits on public lands are up for renewal or a motorized recreation user makes a new road through a meadow?
Holly Rankin, Hesperus