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American Lands Access Association, Inc.
National Monument Designation Transparency
And Accountability Act of 2010
August 1, 2010
After the close evaluation of H.R.
5580: National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountability Act of
American Lands Access Association (ALAA) is in support of this piece of
legislation. The text
of HR 5580 can be found on the ‘Active Legislation’ page of the ALAA Website
http://www.amlands.org/6652/index.htmlalong with a link to the current status of the pending
legislation. This bill,
when passed, will help in the protection of
Your help is needed to accomplish the passage of this bill into public law. Your letters, emails and faxes to elected officials asking for their support of this pending legislation is urgently needed. Your elected official can be found on the ALAA website ‘Links’ Page http://www.amlands.org/9112/index.html under ‘Contact Information for Congress’.
Remember: 1 Fax or Letter = 10 Phone Calls = 100 Emails
When you write to your elected official here are some talking points that can be used. Several of these may apply to other pieces of pending legislation also.
1. Wilderness and monument designations are inconsistent with the principle of multiple uses. In view of the vast amount of public land already designated as wilderness and monuments, future such designations should be minimal, taking into account the increased demand for recreational opportunities, including rockhounding, created by a growing population.
2. Our country was founded on a system of checks and balances between the three branches of government. This bill will help to ensure that the balance of power remains and no one branch can assume more power than either of the other two branches.
Public input is necessary,
when enacting legislation of this magnitude, in order to assure the American
Taxpayer, the management of
4. As a concerned Citizen I support sound land management that offers adequate protection for the environment while protecting public access to public lands.
5. I believe that environmental protection and recreation can co-exist with proper land management and reasoned accountability.
As a member of the American
Federation of Mineralogical Societies and (Your Regional Federation) and (Local
Club/Society), I enjoy the
7. A right to collect rocks, minerals, invertebrate fossils and plant fossils on public lands should be protected by statute.
8. As members of National and Regional Federations and Local Gem and Mineral Clubs and Societies we will work with any or all government authorities to achieve a good working relationship in order to improve the "Public Image" of recreational collectors.
9. The bill H.R. 5580 would put in process a limit on the amount of land that could be designated. Only after notice given on the designation of monuments, including a requirement that 30 days before proposing a designation the President would have to provide the language of the proposed proclamation to not Congress, but the Governor of each affected State, and the chief elected official of each unit of local or tribal government.
10. If passed, this bill would limit the amount of land that can be designated as a National Monument by the President. In recent years the various Presidents have seen fit to create National Monuments under the Antiquities Act of 1906. It was never envisioned by its authors to be used as a tool to set aside millions of acres of public lands
Please Contact Your Elected Officials and Make Your Voice Heard!
June 1,2009 11/18/2008
Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies Board of Directors Meeting
“Words of Caution”
AFMS Newsletter, December 2008
Garth on Land Issues
By Garth Bricker, Museum Curator
Lithosphere, Vol. IX, Number 9, November 2001
Lithosphere – Vol. X, Number 2, February 2002, Page 5
Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society, Fallbrook, CA.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MINERALOGICAL SOCIETIES
"LOUD & CLEAR" by George Loud,
AFMS Conservation & Legislation Chair
by Dan Lingelbach, AFMS President
Volume 53, Number 7, June, 2000
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument:
Conservation and Controversy
The Controversy Surrounding the Conservation of Public Lands.
by Petrified Woody
The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.
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