Arizona to Obama: NO on Monument Designation

Fifteen current and former Arizona Game and Fish commissioners urge president to say no on monument designation

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Arizona  -(  The five-member Arizona Game and Fish Commission and 10 former commissioners have sent a letter to President Barack Obama, urging that he not designate 1.7 million acres in northern Arizona as a new Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.

Calling the proposed monument “a solution to a non-existing problem,” the commissioners said designating this large swath of land as a national monument could impose unnecessary rules and regulations, negatively impact outdoor recreation, and compromise the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s ability to manage and conserve the public's wildlife.

The commissioners support the multiple-use concept on public land, as that approach provides the most wildlife-related recreational opportunities for the public and allows the commission and department to work closely with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on sustainable resource management.

“That partnership is not broken, and we do not believe another layer of bureaucracy is needed to conserve or ‘protect’ 1.7 million more acres on the Arizona Strip or Kaibab National Forest,” the commissioners said in the letter.

The commissioners countered several claims by monument proponents, pointing out that:

  • There is no threat to the migration corridor for deer between Arizona and Utah. If an issue were to arise, we should seek to remedy and mitigate it, not create another set of rules.
  • Selected harvest and forest management is a viable management tool and shouldn’t be eliminated.
  • Catastrophic wildfires over the last decade demonstrate the importance of regulated forest management.
  • The area is already protected from uranium mining under a moratorium until 2032, at which time there may be new, environmentally safer technologies that would allow for cleaner extraction.
  • Travel management plans in the national forests have already closed many roads. The public shouldn’t be denied reasonable access to their public lands from additional road closures a monument designation might bring.
  • Ranchers who are good stewards of both the land and wildlife could be forced out by monument restrictions. Game and Fish works with many ranchers and private landowners who take wildlife needs into consideration.
  • Finally, the letter pointed out that Arizona already has more national monuments (18) than any other state, and that only 23 percent of the remaining federally owned public land in the state does not have some sort of special designation.

The commissioners concluded that the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and Department can ensure that Arizona’s wildlife is properly managed and conserved by working cooperatively with the Forest Service and the BLM, and they urged the President not to burden Arizona with this unwarranted national monument designation.

  • 17 thoughts on “Arizona to Obama: NO on Monument Designation

    1. Jim that’s fn devilcrat They are out to destroy America for the communists and satan in the White House is trying to help the Muslim terrorists more and more every day at the expense f fre America and the world he is actively trying to destroy us . Nd this Hillary satan worshiper is no better at all only worse,! A vote for her is the same as sling your soul to the devil! she wants to destroy America too. Pure evil again presented to the country by the devilcrats,

    2. After 7+ years of this guy no news reporter has asked this question – “Mr. President, who do you plan on ‘pissing off’ next?

    3. “When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing. When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors. When you see that men get richer by graft and pull, than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you. When you see corruption being rewarded, and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know that your society is doomed.” ~ Ayn Rand

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    4. anyone note the comment about Harry Reid wanting ariz. for a play gound……rocky j he may well want Ariz. buttttt he lives in Nev. and screwed the folks of Nev. from his day one..I have lived in both states long enough to know that Harry is not liked be we the people ,,but loved by the money bunch

    5. I’m not a Trump fan, I prefer to see cruise in the White House, because Trump is an opportunist. However, unlike the rest of the candidates in the race, he’s not a professional politician.

      After Obama, there’s nowhere to go but up.

      The fact remains, the Constitution denies the federal government the right to own any land.

      Sadly, the RINOs in control of the GOP, don’t care about the Constitution, they don’t care about the rule of law, what they care about are their own careers, about holding power.

      They don’t care how many of the little people over which they must crawl, stom,p and otherwise hurt, they care about their perks, the clout, and staying in office no matter what.

    6. Uh,

      ARIZONA legislature, uh, youse guys on the Game and Fish Commission, uh pull your heads out of your asses PUHLEEZE!
      What part of “The federal government does not ‘own’ ANY land in the states”, do you not understand? There is a bloody Constitution that prevents it and you damned well better learn that.

      Obama may have a pen but the US Constitution was there before him and he has no power to tell the States to do anything.


    7. 1.7 million acres. Wow! Land grabbing , federalizing. Guaranteed he don’t listen to those letters and keeps moving forward, I hope AZ can stop it. Sounds like all those Alex jones documentaries are true , they are trying to control all the land and all the people , eventually you will get fined if you shit on a piece of their land !!!

    8. It’s totally unconstitutional for the fed gov to own any land Az and all states should take back what has been stolen from them. Local management is far more enviromental

    9. It’s the crook and communist Harry Reid that wants all the land. It will be his retirement reward for all of the illegal shit he has done for Obama and the Dems. He is the real danger and needs to be removed if Arizona wants their state back!
      MSgt, USAF (RET)

    10. More land grabs!! That asshole in our White House ain’t listening to those letters. Fuck the president… You all better vote for trump. Like it or not , at least he’s not a career politician. They are ALL liars!!!



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