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Sounds like they're finally gearing up for this next year:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101223/ap_on_re_us/us_wilderness_rules

"DENVER – The Obama administration plans to reverse a Bush-era policy and make millions of undeveloped acres of land once again eligible for federal wilderness protection, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday.

The agency will replace the so-called "No More Wilderness" policy adopted in 2003 under former Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Salazar said. That policy stated that new areas could not be recommended for wilderness protection by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and opened millions of acres in the Rocky Mountain region to potential commercial development.

That policy "frankly never should have happened and was wrong in the first place," Salazar said Thursday.

Environmental activists have been pushing for the Obama administration to restore protections for potential wilderness areas.

Salazar said the agency will review some 220 million acres of BLM land that's not currently under wilderness protection to see which should be given a new "Wild Lands" designation — a new step for land awaiting a wilderness decision.

Congress would decide whether those lands should be designated permanent wilderness areas, Salazar said.

BLM Director Bob Abbey said it hasn't been decided how many acres are expected be designated as "Wild Lands" and whether those acres will be off-limits to motorized recreation or commercial development while under congressional review. It's also unclear whether there will be a time limit on how long acres can be managed as "Wild Lands" before a decision is made on their future.

The BLM has six months to submit a plan for those new wilderness evaluations.

The 2003 policy was an out-of-court deal struck between Norton and then-Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt to remove protections for some 2.6 million acres of public land in that state.

The policy allowed oil and gas drilling, mining and other commercial uses on land under consideration as wilderness areas.

Salazar's reversal doesn't affect about 8.7 million acres already designated as wilderness areas.

Environmental groups praised the reversal, though there has been grumbling that it took the Obama administration nearly two years to overturn the Bush-era policy.

"Washington D.C. always takes longer than you want, but we're glad we've gotten here," said Suzanne Jones, regional director for The Wilderness Society".

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Thanks for the info Rex.... :angry-smiley-010[1]: They just keep chipping away at our freedom don't they. I am biting my lip to avoid a rant here, but I shall not violate my own forum rules as there is no button to ban administration.

But really there is no matter if you are "left" or "right" or "in between" there is really no one in Washington truly representing you anymore. It has become a large hungry animal or government has.....

We the People are the prey...

This has been true through many administrations now....

Next private property will be illegal... :tisk-tisk:

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Once again, the most dangerous President to date...He said Change...he wasn't lying! I never thought giving 30 years to Uncle Sam would be turned into a police/socialist State! in dept up to the neck, Immigration wow's, bankruptcy! God help US!

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I have to agree with everything said here, I'll stop short of ranting but thought the info. was worth passing along. I will say that I was watching news and they were "heralding" all of the legislation passed this holiday season in congress. When one looks at what they did pass or attempted to pass, it's better that they do nothing in gridlock (in my opinion). Russia treaty, dream act, fcc internet regulation, tax bill, insane food bill, repeal don't ask don't tell. Oh, I'll leave it at that, I've already skidded past the mark of the intended message here on my little virtual ice sled in the frozen north. :whaaaa:

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I have to agree with everything said here, I'll stop short of ranting but thought the info. was worth passing along. I will say that I was watching news and they were "heralding" all of the legislation passed this holiday season in congress. When one looks at what they did pass or attempted to pass, it's better that they do nothing in gridlock (in my opinion). Russia treaty, dream act, fcc internet regulation, tax bill, insane food bill, repeal don't ask don't tell. Oh, I'll leave it at that, I've already skidded past the mark of the intended message here on my little virtual ice sled in the frozen north. :whaaaa:

Spot on Bigrex...I can see the concern of of how this can be mistaken for ranting...I really don't understand people in the Senate or Congress or politics for that matter...It's like all common sense and the oath of taking the Office has no meaning anymore. The people seemed to be treated with no regard or concern and with contempt. For the record... I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. Bigrex is right...more progress would be made if Congress just took the rest of the year off. I do not require the Nanny State to help me...As I see it you need my help! I have NO loyalties to Mexico...I own them nothing, I am of Spanish decent...and I am speaking my native language...English...I was born here! Don't ask don't tell being removed is an insane decision, Russia is NOT our friend, the FCC will regulate the ONLY free medium there is left, the Dream Act is another ploy to get more Votes of Dems...How can we pay for that! We are already in the hole for on or about 12 trillion dollars! Someone has to pay! It wont be Mexicans and the Chinese are going to realize that its time to stop leading money...Printing more wont help either!!!...The Treasury and the Federal Reserve are reckless and I question there loyalties especially the Fed in which there books cannot be opened for any audit! I would not surprise me one day if they outlaw the ownership of gold! They are already implementing controlling the Land! I am not some crazy lunatic ranting here...there are plenty of people out there that feel the same about many things that are posted here...It takes courage to say something about the elephant in the room...I will be in Afghanistan in eight days! To support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...What this Country really needs is another George Washington...A real Statesman who has the brains and the guts to say what is right; stick up for the truth and not appease some irrational peoples ideology that would go to war over the wrong pizza topping! So; where are you Mr. George Washington? Are you out there!? God help US!

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I don't know where I came up with the quote and don't know the exact wording. "It is a citizen's duty to protect his country from its government". Maybe In the next elections we can clean house and vote in people who are not entrenched in the old boy power cartel.

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