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In July 2001 the Department of Fish and Game released initial maps of the planned reserves. But the maps had been put together with little input from the fishing sector or other stakeholders among the general public— an act of political bumbling that set off a series of angry public hearings. The deadline was rolled back to December 2003. Today, California is in the midst of a public comment period in which the state must gather input from stakeholders and use it to redraw the maps. The sport fishing industry is the leading force pushing for minimal reserves.

What Are Public Lands and Who Decides How They Are Used? wise resource management. Now we must decide, through the democratic process, how to apply that knowledge to both present use and future preservation of federal lands. —The Editor 1. Natural Resource Defense Council. ” Factsheet. asp. The Heart of the Nation by Bernard Shanks As a nation we own lands whose beauty seizes the heart. As Americans, we can stand on our own land at the rim of the Grand Canyon and look into a winter storm, or walk among the geysers of Yellowstone and share the land with grazing elk and bison.

It was only when eastern-based ideas on conservation were accepted by some western political leaders that large areas were reserved for parks, wildlife refuges, and forests. Despite the myth, the West has not been a victim of the East; even in conservation and environmental protection the West has controlled the public lands and its own destiny for over a century. Today the theme of regionalism persists as a tension between urban and rural areas. The sparsely populated western outback essentially dictates public-land policy despite urbanization and the political impacts of reapportionment.

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