This is a proposal that seems to do land management planning for BLM and FS jointly in the Gunnison area. According to the website Bennet started effort this in 2012 (he was elected in 2010). It seems to have all the usual (local) suspects involved. And right now, this legislative proposal is even open for public comment! But no NEPA of course, and perhaps not much discussion of how entities outside of the area should influence federal lands. This reminds me of a Mark Rey quote about how deciding on designations is politically above the pay grade of a Forest Supe. It definitely changes the political landscape of decisions, and perhaps relieves the FS and BLM of the rigors of (and overanalysis, NRV-ing, and bullet-proofing) planning and EIS’s. Because isn’t the ultimate question, beyond all the high falutin’ verbiage, “who can do what. where?” Leaving the “how” perhaps to another day. And in legislation, if passed, it would stick.. or at least be an interesting convo and/or object of horse-trading in Congress. On the website you can find the readers’ guide, FAQ’s, the proposal and maps.
The only thing I would add is a public posting of all comments, so that folks like me might be able to write about what concerns people have. But maybe that’s there somewhere.
What do you think?