Guest Commentary in the recent Tucson Weekly. An influential Secretary of the
Interior, and our former Arizona governor, Babbitt began by reminding us of our
public-land heritage. He stressed the important work of BLM staffers, particularly in managing the antics of racist Nevada rancher, Cliven Bundy. But the real power of his essay was the call for us to renew our
commitment to conservation. Specifically, he outlined actions that President Obama has the authority to take in these final years of his term. Babbitt’s ideas include the establishment of new national monuments, the expansion of existing parks and monuments, and additions to National Wildlife Refuges. The Antiquities Act provides President Obama with grand opportunities for his environmental legacy. Let’s encourage him to seize them. Read the Tucson Weekly article!