Say Yes to Public Lands
Say No to Pendley’s Nomination

Barb Rumer

UPDATE: On August 15, 2020, the Trump administration withdrew their nomination of William Pendley to head the Bureau of Land Management and face a Sentate confirmation hearing. At this time, he is continuing to manage the agency in an acting capacity.   

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the nation’s largest land management agency, with 248 million acres of public lands and waters across the country, including more than 12 million acres of public lands in Oregon’s high desert, entrusted to its care.

One year ago, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt named William Perry Pendley — an advocate for selling off BLM lands, a climate science denier and someone who has derided immigrants, Indigenous people and Black activists — to serve as the BLM’s acting director. And, now, President Trump has officially nominated Pendley to head the agency.

Pendley has ignored the serious issues facing BLM lands and promoted drilling, mining and grazing over other public values on our public lands. He is unfit to head an agency that employs 11,000 dedicated public servants and serves 68 million recreational visitors annually.

Tell Interior Secretary Bernhardt that America’s public lands and waters deserve better. Let him know that you want to see the BLM care for its lands and waters for the benefit of all.

Here are a few ideas for customizing your letter or tweet:

  • If your job depends on healthy, protected public lands, talk about that.
  • If you have spent priceless time with family and friends on BLM lands, share those memories.
  • If you visit public lands to improve your physical and mental health, describe how much you value that. 


John Cunningham, ONDA member and volunteer

John Cunningham, ONDA member and volunteer

Restoration is hard slow work. It takes hold, or it doesn’t, in fits and starts. The immensity of the need can be discouraging, but we must carry on. I am so thankful ONDA carries on.


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