But having the meeting 11 months after the initial protests leads us to think the government simply wanted the issue to go away. The time and place for the meeting appears to be planned in the hope that people will stay away.
The government needs to remember that federal lands belong to the people — not just to the politicians and agencies that manage them.
You've got to be kidding. They are referred to as Forest Service lands, BLM lands, Park Service lands, etc. and not People lands for a good reason. The only real say people have over these lands is through the politicians they elect and the resulting appointments.
The people have a right to know how their land is used, and to express their opinions about how it is used.
If it was "their land" they would already know how it was used and they would be making decisions on its use, not just offering their "opinions."
On your conclusion we agree:
The people deserve better.