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

Barb Rumer

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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Bonnie Olin, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

Bonnie Olin, 2017 Volunteer of the Year

“If you spend enough time in the wild, it will change you. So it was for me in Oregon’s high desert, especially in the Owyhee Canyonlands.” To support ONDA, Bonnie says, is to strive to protect the very values of Oregon’s high desert that are critical to the human experience: quiet and connectedness with nature. “Oregon’s desert,” she says, “broadens your understanding of your relationship to all living things.”

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Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus

Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus

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Terry Butler, 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Terry Butler, 2018 Volunteer of the Year

“If I have to pick a favorite place in Oregon’s high desert, it would be Sutton Mountain, but I’m excited about all of the Wilderness Study Areas,” says Terry, adding, “Each is a gem to explore, and I hope they all get protection someday… I love the scale of the physical beauty of the desert.”