Kwiaht researchers have completed a review of the BLM's Proposed RMP for the San Juan Islands National Monument and drafted our protest. We are especially concerned that the Proposed RMP adopts the following strategies and actions:
• Constructing additional trails
• Permitting dispersed camping
• Restricting local food foraging
• Taking no specific actions to protect species that are locally rare
• Conducting extensive prescribed burning as a habitat management tool
• Applying herbicides to large areas of protected landscapes
• Planting species not previously found in the Monument
The full protest is attached.
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Is on Kwiaht letterhead, has Kwiaht signature. Hoping no one is sending stuff out from you that isn't yours. The one we received is the one that has the huge number of lbs of herbicide that BLM will be.... Read all
In the current 16 page version there are references to 'Islanders were unanimous', 'while Islanders were anxious to maintain present uses'. I wish we had the data to support claims on what islanders want. In reviewing scoping comments, comments submitted regarding the draft RMP, and attending meetings one can have a rough understanding for those who attended or submitted. But even then it is impossible to tract because names/addresses in the comments have been redacted. Unless within the comment the person stated - I have lived here 50 years - you can't necessarily tell who sent in the comment.
I commend BLM for posting the Draft RMP comments as technically they don't have to do this until the adopted RMP is released.
In addition, there are many islanders who have not participated. Their opinions may differ from yours. All I ask, and you replied you agreed with, is that others may have opinions different from yours. To that extent, please file your protest under Kwiaht and/or your personal names but not for islanders or the community.
As we mentioned in an email, we do not want your protest to be disallowed because it does not state how you are adversely affected. A sentence or two can cover this.
For others submitting protests - You do not need to be adversely affected per issue you have with the Proposed RMP, a general paragraph or a couple of sentences will cover this technicality for you. How is your interest adversely affected? Possibilities (just creating a few, nothing directly associated with me): I am not able to harvest food on BLM lands unless I consume these on site. I rely on these foods for my food supply and need to be able to harvest and store this food. As a BLM monitor I fear for my safety during hunting season and now with target shooting being allowed (fyi it is allowed now, just no one knew about it) I am more concerned I may be injured, or I value the diversity of plant life on monument lands, boots off trail from hiking/dispersed camping/hunting will destroy fragile plant habitats.
Kwiaht mentions they are concerned about items, they submitted material, they protest, they remain unconvinced - the implication is there in places, but to be sure a protest is allowed Kwiaht can state they are adversely affected because the black oystercatchers on Indian Island will have their nesting site removed and this will affect their ability to do citizen science on Indian Island etc.
BLM has specific requirements for protests to be allowed. In some respects this can be broad - if you participated in about any aspect of scoping or RMPs by attending a meeting or sending an email or submitting a comment - you have standing. But you also must check a couple of other boxes too for your protest to be allowed. https://bit.ly/ProtestRegs
For all: The local BLM office is willing to assist you with information about filing a protest.
Thank you to many for your care for these lands, your desire for protection of these lands and your ability to respectfully enjoy these places.
I personally agree with some of the items you are protesting and disagree with others. Yet your protest often says you speak for islanders and our community. You speak for Kwiaht (you, Russell, your.... Read all
Thank you SO MUCH for doing all this research and commenting. The more local folks and visitors to these lands who comment in your ilk, the better.