Wednesday, May 28, 2014

5 reasons not to support a national monument

    I am opposed to national monument designation of the Boulder-White Clouds.

  • The Boulder-White Clouds’ ecosystem cannot withstand the increased use necessary to raise the local economies as predicted by proponents of a national monument designation.
  • PL92-400—the SNRA enabling legislation—is the very reason that the Boulder-White Clouds are today worthy of protection.
  • The SNRA has all of the authority and regulations allowable and necessary to manage the area to meet the goals of the proponents of a national monument.
  • National monument designation will create competition for the already-minimal funding of the SNRA, while increasing the overall cost to taxpayers.
  • Management by more and more federal agencies will dilute and confuse the management goals of each agency through the compromise necessary to accomplish anything.

    The most effective and efficient means to maintain the Boulder-White Clouds is to support and become involved in the SNRA management, and extend the SNRA designation to include the land not now included.
Sandra Uberuaga Sullivan


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