many predicted it, Senator Bennett’s defeat in last Saturday’s Republican
Convention still came in a cloud of disbelief. Even those of us who have lived
here forever and have grown used to
We see a number of possible scenarios.
1. The Senator could decide that he
wants to leave a public lands bill in
2. Or, the Senator decides that he
has more important things to do during his last few months in office. Would we push to modify and then complete
this process? Given the current political climate are our chances for getting
designation of big, important Wilderness better now or if we wait, moving into
an uncertain future? Rumor has it that the
3. Without Senator Bennett as an
obstacle, could Obama/Salazar (or Obama without Salazar) decide to create new
national monuments in
Can you think of any others?We're busy making plans for the next meetings, which so far, are still scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday. Our focus will be on motorized "access" - driving the discussion to address, specifically, the legitimate roads and the excessive number of routes left open by the Bush-era travel plans, including ghost and redundant routes. This weekend we'll be meeting with some of our best grassroots activists who are excited to help us fine tune our strategy during this important time. We’ll keep you posted.