Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Countering Extremism on Public Lands (Info only)

Via S.
If you would like to weigh in on this issue as a private individual, send the requested information to Ann by tomorrow, June 9.  NAFSR has already taken a position on this topic in our joint letter with the Public Lands Foundation.

As a former BLM State Director, I encountered many dangerous examples of anti-government extremism.  I would like to get as many senior land management agency officials to sign on to the attached document as possible since many of us have lived through the difficulties of having our employees threatened, seen our budgets go to repair vandalism caused by anti-government extremists, and seen efforts to work collaboratively with local communities high jacked by fear and mistrust.

While I have contacts for some former colleagues, I would appreciate you contacting your colleagues who are senior land management agency officials who no longer work for the federal government, and ask them to join me.  Please share the attached submission and if they would like to be added to this sign on, have them send me their name, agency affiliation and title, phone number and email address (as requested by the Committee) so I can add their name to this submission.  We would be submitting this as individuals, not as members of an organization.

I need this information by June 9th so I can compile the submission.  Thanks for your help and feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Ann J. Morgan
(303) 907-2436

 House Committee on Natural Resources Democratic Forum:
Countering Extremism on America’s Public Lands
Stakeholders and the Public Asked to Submit Comments

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) will hold a forum on public lands. The event, titled Countering Extremism on America’s Public Lands, will examine the emergence of anti-government extremism threats to parks, forests, wildlife refuges, historic sites and recreation lands across America, focusing on government efforts to confront the dangers of extremism on public lands.

Individuals, businesses, organizations, and advocacy groups interested in submitting comments on the dangers of anti-government extremism on America’s public lands should send an email to 

Submission Requirements:

All submissions must be submitted as a pdf attachment. (I cannot attach.  Info only) The attachment should be saved using the name of the organization/individual submitting the written comments.

Write in the subject line: Forum  - Countering Extremism on America’s Public Lands
Please include contact name, organization (if the submission is being submitted on behalf of a group), phone number, and email address, in the body of the email.

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, June 10, 2016, and made public at a later date.

If the above directions are not followed, the Committee reserves the right to not include the submission. If you have any questions, or encounter technical problems, please call the Committee at 202-225-6065.

National Association of Forest Service Retirees

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phone - 970-226-6890

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mail - NAFSR
           P.O. Box 273362
           Ft. Collins, CO 80527

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