Discussion Topic: Does the BLM Care About Sportsmen?

Ted Williams, conservation editor for Fly Rod & Reel magazine says not. From a guest column in The Milford Daily News:

_Western fish and wildlife are being needlessly sacrificed under a more-natural-gas-at-any-cost federal initiative - a waste of biodiversity that should outrage every American. . . .

[The U.S. Bureau of Land Management] is legally required to manage for "multiple use;" but Americans can't use their own land because it's reserved for the gas industry. . . .

Suddenly traditionally conservative elements are [taking action]. The venerable, hook-and-bullet magazine, Field & Stream, has been savaging the Bush administration for unlawfully excusing the gas industry from regulations and sic[k]ing it on their best and most sensitive fishing and hunting areas. . . .

And the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, representing the best and brightest of sportsmen-conservationists, has just filed its first lawsuit. . . against the BLM for the illegal authorization of 2,000 new oil and gas wells and 1,000 miles of new roads in central Wyoming's wildlife-rich Atlantic Rim. "We've had it, and sportsmen have had it," says the Partnership's communications director, Tim Zink. "The environmental analysis is horribly incomplete. The plan would absolutely decimate wildlife."_

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