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Alan Majchrowicz   Website

The Bureau of Land Management’s new acting director, William Perry Pendley, is a longtime proponent of selling off public lands and waters

The Trump administration’s move to appoint William Perry Pendley to the top policy position at the Bureau of Land Management comes as yet another blow in its continued assault on public lands.

As Time, The Washington Post and The New York Times have reported, Pendley is a longtime and outspoken advocate for selling public lands. When he assumed the role of acting director of the BLM on Monday, July 29, the announcement caused widespread alarm across the conservation community, particularly in Western states. In Oregon, the agency manages 13.5 million acres, mainly in the high desert.

ONDA Executive Director Ryan Houston had this to say:

“From our perspective, as an organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the sagebrush steppe ecosystem, having a Bundy sympathizer and a Sagebrush Rebellion proponent at the helm of the BLM could not be more concerning.Pendley’s views are completely out of line with the majority of Americans who want public lands to stay in public hands and to be protected for the future. These are the constituents that the Interior Department should be listening to.

Thousands of knowledgeable people who know and love the landscapes they manage work for the BLM. But this administration is skipping over these people who have worked for the BLM for their entire careers and instead appointing someone who has relentlessly attacked the very notion of public lands.

It’s really appalling to see Interior deny the accusations that they are aiming to dismantle America’s prized legacy of public lands. If you’re not looking to sell off our public lands, then we can give you a long list of better choices to head up this agency.

This is 100% partisan cronyism. Putting William Perry Pendley in charge of 248 million acres of public land nationwide is, as other conservation and sportsmen groups have already noted, asking the fox to guard the hen house.”

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Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

“I connect with Oregon’s high desert through my feet, my eyes, my sense of smell, and all the things I hear. Getting out there is a whole body experience.” Supporting ONDA, Helen says, not only connects her with wild landscapes, but is also a good investment. “I felt like if I gave them $20, they might squeeze $23 out of it.”

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Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”

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Bobcat

Bobcat

Found only in North America, where it is the most common wildcat, the bobcat takes its common name from its stubby, or “bobbed,” tail. The cats range in length from two to four feet and weigh 14 to 29 pounds. Bobcats mainly hunt rabbits and hares, but they will also eat rodents, birds, bats, and even adult deer.

Latin name: Lynx rufus fasciatus

 

Pendley has previously served as the president of the conservative law firm Mountain States Legal Foundation and as an appointee in President Ronald Reagan’s Interior Department under James Watt.