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Post #1John wroteon June 14, 2009 at 1:35am
Trawled from the web ...
"Bob Abbey will at least know, and have some twinges of conscience, about the consequences of the decisions he makes. Like how destructive the solar plants will really be if they come to fruition.
My fear is WHAT did Harry Reid order that Abbey will do as Director? Reid views the nation’s pubic lands as a way for his sons and lobbyist friends to rake in the bucks.
I think Abbey will be as good a Director as we could expect from the Obama Admin. He was not afraid to actually go out onto BLM and look at damage done by grazing and other things when he was Director.
Abbey did veer to the dark side in his post-NV Director doings – for example with the Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition – which claims to be doing “restoration” but instead seems largely a front for the same old expsneive taxpayer-funded destruction of native plant communities to promote livestock forage (and in the backwards view of the “range” types – increase water yield – in this case for export to Las Vegas). You see, those trees transpire, suck up water so all we can do is KILL them and call it restoration. And of course, the ENLC’s other function is also to suck in big wads of federal tax dollars to fund a private local non-profit of sorts to do what the BLM should be doing in the first place … Take over the function of gov’t … Abbey was on the Board, but he may not have been involved much in what was going on there. Wjo knows? Could be a lot worse."
Statement from National Trust President Richard Moe on Appointment of Bob Abbey to Head Bureau of Land Management
"We are very pleased with the selection of Bob Abbey for Director of the Bureau of Land Management," said Richard Moe president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "As a former BLM State Director and through his recent service on the National Conservation System Foundation Board of Directors, he has demonstrated an outstanding record of preserving historic and cultural resources on public lands. If confirmed, he will also be the first Director to lead the BLM with America's newest congressionally codified
conservation system-the National Landscape Conservation System."
Property Owners, Feds Face Off
Bob Abbey, the BLM's director for Nevada, said the focus of the land debate should be on preserving the diverse resources of the state.
He also warns the activists are ``jeopardizing the future of grazing on public lands'' given the growing pressure from environmental groups to halt federal grazing entirely.
Post #2John wroteon June 15, 2009 at 6:54am
The Earle Dixon firing certainly has a "unpleasant bouqet" to it ...see
Post #3John wroteon June 18, 2009 at 11:59pm
Obama nominates Nevadan Abbey as U.S. BLM director
Monday , 15 Jun 2009
RENO, NV -
Long-time Nevada State BLM Director Bob Abbey has been nominated by President Obama to be the new director of the Bureau of Land Management.
Abbey, who has often worked with the Nevada hardrock mining industry, has been endorsed for the director's post by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, the Public Lands Council, and 15 state and national livestock associations.
In a recent statement, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar-who sources say asked Abbey to come out of retirement and take the director's job-said, "Through his decades of public service, Bob Abbey has shown again and again that he is the consumate professional natural resources amanger. His dedication to our country's National System of Public Lands and his commitment to building partnerships make him an ideal choice to lead one of the most complex federal land managing agencies."
The BLM manages more land-256 million acres-than any other federal agency. The lands are primarily located in 12 western states. The Bureau administers 700 million acres of subsurface mineral rights throughout the nation.
Reid said, "I can't think of a more qualified person to head the BLM than Bob Abbey. With his extensive experience in Nevada, a state where nearly 90 percent of the land is federally managed, our state will have a friend at the BLM who understands the challenges we face in managing and preserving Nevada's great outdoors and its immense renewable energy resources."
Abbey was involved in public service for more than 32 years before retiring from the federal government in 2005. He served eight years as the Nevada BLM state director.
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