This land is NOT your land or my land?

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York Island
From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters
This land was made for…

OK… it looks like this land may not be YOUR land or MY land.

When I started my journey three months ago, this is what the U.S. Department of the Interior’s website looked like…

The site was informative and contained specific information about the location of BLM lands.

Fast forward to the BLM site today…

The new site is missing clear directions, contact information, and other helpful information.

Was this a site redesign that inadvertently leaves out important information? Or… are we losing OUR public lands?

The mission of the BLM is ‘to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.’

Keep in mind that on March 31, the photo on the homepage for the BLM site was changed from a picture of two people wearing backpacks while standing atop a grassy mountain to…

Yup… that’s a big block of coal.

This update came three days after an executive order was signed to repeal the moratorium on the leasing of federal lands for coal mining.

The Secretary of the Interior shall take all steps necessary and appropriate to amend or withdraw Secretary’s Order 3338 dated January 15, 2016 (Discretionary Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to Modernize the Federal Coal Program), and to lift any and all moratoria on Federal land coal leasing activities related to Order 3338.  The Secretary shall commence Federal coal leasing activities consistent with all applicable laws and regulations.

This post is not intended to be political. I just want others to be aware of these changes and encourage them to enjoy OUR public lands… while we still have them.

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