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Californians Roll Up Their Sleeves To Clean Up “Prime Real Estate”

September 28, 2007

Putting up new signs, repairing trails, and planting grasses and trees in fire zones. Those are the jobs for hundreds of Californians this weekend as they clean up some of the state’s prime real estate: public lands. It’s National Public Lands Day tomorrow (Saturday). Bobby McEnaney with the Natural Resources Defense Council hopes all Californians will pay closer attention to this public land as new federal policies threaten to shut them out.

"The public will not have a say in how these lands are managed. Plus, scientific analysis will be dropped, as well."

The Bush administration has issued a new Bureau of Land Management rule that eliminates public comments and scientific review of oil and gas activities and grazing in the name of “streamlining” projects.

McEnaney says, since the public owns the land, it ought to have a say on how it’s used. He argues the new rule cuts out what he calls citizens' “ownership rights.”

"This more or less exempts a number of activities from environmental review a number of activities that have huge impacts on these lands."

The adminstration argues the rule would streamline the project approval process.

More information is available at http;//www.publiclandsday.org
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Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - CA