Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BHNF out of ideas to preserve habitat

The Black Hills National Forest is soliciting public input in an effort to head off collapse of historic habitat. Not surprising that the solution is hidden in plain sight.
The purpose of the proposed project is to move landscape-level vegetation conditions in the project area toward objectives set by the Black Hills National Forest Land and Resource Management Plan, as amended, in order to increase ecosystem resilience to insect infestation and other natural disturbances, contribute to public safety and the local economy, and reduce risk of wildfire to landscapes and communities. [press release]
Want to save the Black Hills?

Ponderosa pine only reached the Black Hills about a thousand years ago. Force private landowners to create defensible space especially if their lands abut federal ground or deny them insurance, increase stumpage for removal of any federally-owned tree older than a hundred years, get domestic livestock off the Forest, allow bison to return to their historic range, end Republican Party cronyism, and let lightning-struck fires on federal lands burn.

South Dakota-owned lands are already fucked. Gaia may not even be enough to fix those.

Of course, the South Dakota Democratic Party should urge President Obama to dissolve the Black Hills National Forest, move management of the land from the US Department of Agriculture into the Department of Interior; and, in cooperation with Bureau of Indian Affairs Division of Forestry and Wildfire Management, rename it Okawita Paha or He Sapa National Monument eventually becoming part of the Greater Missouri Basin National Wildlife Refuge. Mato Paha (Bear Butte), the associated national grasslands and the Sioux Ranger District of the Custer/Gallatin National Forest should be included in the move.

It's time for the State of South Dakota to abandon Bear Butte State Park that it claimed through colonization and remand it to the tribes for governance so they can restore its name to Mato Paha and for the US Park Service to add the name Mahto Tipila to Devils Tower National Monument.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I looked up Richard Boyden. Wow! This guy is way way out there in crazy land! Surprised he is not a regular visitor of the FLDS compound. Maybe he is.

larry kurtz said...

The blog cited Boyden in a post some time ago. Takes all kinds to make a world, my dad always said.