Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Bishop Expresses Concern Over BLM and Forest Service Budgets

During Congressional hearings today, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), expressed disagreement with the proposed budgets for the Forest Service and BLM, especially on the issue of federal land acquisition.

The main points made by Bishop:

· The President’s budget includes $230 million and $50 million for land acquisition for the U.S. Forest Service and BLM respectively.
· The Forest Service budget cuts funding for essential programs such as those dedicated to wildfire suppression and for the continued access and operation of our forests solely to free-up funds for land acquisition.
· The BLM budget includes an increase of $15 million over FY 2011 levels for the duplicative National Landscape and Conservation System (NLCS).
· The BLM budget diverts critical land management funds to the Secretary’s newly created “Wild Lands” program
· After millions of dollars were spent traveling the country to promote the President’s “America’s Great Outdoors” initiative, the only tangible result from the meetings seem to be a report recommending more land acquisition. The requested $50 for the BLM is a $20 million increase over the previous fiscal year.

For my previous posts on Obama's property-grabbing virus go here, here and here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good for Rep Bishop. Land grabbing with out tax dollars. Time to stop all of it!
But Rep Bishop and all of the other congressional reps need to pay more attention and stop the advance of the hacker group Anonymous! There will be chaos unless these criminal activists are stopped right now by ANY MEANS AVAILABLE!