To Whom It May Concern:
This email is in response to request for public comment regarding the proposed Resource Management Plan for the Carson City District, NV.
I admit to glazing over while reading the report, however I did thoroughly review the charts ES.8 Comparison of Alternatives on pages 11-15. Alternative C most reflects my values and concerns about the management of the public lands in this area.
I am deeply concerned about the continued deterioration of range conditions by over grazing and ongoing drought. Closing sensitive areas to grazing, extraction and ORV use is in the best interest of preserving and hopefully, maybe, restoring the ecosystem. The surface area of the Great Basin is a living organism that when broken leads to further desertification.
I applaud the reduction of livestock grazing to this end. I would call for further reduction in wild horse areas, except that 1) those herd areas have already been drastically reduced and in some cases zeroed, and 2) there are promising contraceptive programs underway to reduce wild horse populations, hopefully bringing them to mid-low AML within the next ten years, without the expense of gathers and culling to long term holding. Let these programs have a chance to succeed.
Reducing ORV use again preserves the desert crust allowing for water absorption and plant growth. Wilderness is preserved for those who make the effort to get out there to use and enjoy it. There is no mandate that it be made easy. There are now in AZ, “Quiet Areas,” requested by hunters who prefer to hunt without the noise of motorized vehicles. I support this trend. Nothing is more disturbing than expending one’s own effort to attain a wilderness experience and then have it shattered by a bunch of drunk yahoos on ATVs. The Great Basin, Nevada in particular, holds some of this country’s last great expanses of open country. Let it remain so.
I very much support the protection of sensitive environmental and archeological areas. When these areas are gone, they are gone forever. The same with fossil and mineral resources. We need not be in a hurry to deplete FINITE resources that have over millennia, in a century, a tiny blip on the timeline of earth. I urge you to keep that in perspective as you are charged with protecting the resources of our country and our earth, not selling them to the highest bidder. I would encourage that environmentally appropriate spaces be found for non-destructive wind, solar and other alternative energy sources which are rapidly becoming more productive and efficient. This is the wave of the future and Nevada could be on the cutting edge of that.