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. 

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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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Bitteroot

Bitteroot

Bitteroot blooms on north-facing cliffs in western North America.

The Paiute name for bitteroot is kangedya. Traditional Native American uses of the plant included eating the roots, mixed with berries and meat, and using the roots to treat sore throats.

 

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Far from Big Macs

Far from Big Macs

There is a point in the Owyhee region, in northwestern Nevada, that is, at 115 miles away, as far away as you can get from a McDonalds in the U.S.

Source: http://www.datapointed.net/2010/09/distance-to-nearest-mcdonalds-sept-2010