A Resource Management Plan, a Petition for Justice and a Bio-Gem!

A lot is happening on the Carrizo. The draft RMP has been released. You can download the plan at http://www.blm.gov/ca/pdfs/bakersfield_pdfs/CarrizoRMP2009/Draft2009/Index-Main.pdf.

There is also a petition to release the Department of Interior’s Office of the Inspector General’s full report, with testimony, to the people who have requested it, such as the Trust of Marlene Braun, the family and the press, and PEER, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

Let’s have transparency in government. Marlene committed suicide alleging that she had been driven to it by the abuse of her field office supervisor, who is now the BLM science coordinator in Washington, D.C. Please sign the petition. The public should know what is happening in government, and we should be able to assess the jobs our civil servants are doing.

In happier news:

Oil and Gas Drilling Threat Puts Carrizo Plain National Monument Among North America’s Most Endangered Landscapes
Rare animal haven is named to NRDC’s BioGem Program

WASHINGTON (February 3, 2009) — Central California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument was designated as a BioGem by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today. The BioGems project highlights the Western Hemisphere’s most extraordinary and at risk places stretching from the Arctic in Alaska to Patagonia in Chile.

“The Caliente and Temblor mountains frame one of California’s most amazing and least known natural wonders,” said NRDC Policy Analyst Helen O’Shea. “These wild lands are designated a national monument, but they are still not protected from Big Oil. Energy development could be the end of this glorious region. Sadly, the endangered animals that inhabit the area could disappear with the landscape that supports them.”

The Carrizo Plain National Monument is home to the greatest concentration of endangered species in California, including the California condor and the San Joaquin kit fox. Despite its designation as a National Monument, the Carrizo Plain is threatened by oil and gas development that could cause irreparable damage to critical wildlife and sensitive ecosystems. Vintage Production, an oil company, is planning to explore for oil reserves, using giant “thumper” trucks to send disruptive shock waves deep into the earth.

Since 2001, NRDC has campaigned to save more than 30 special natural places throughout the Americas that offer sanctuary for endangered wildlife, curb global warming and provide livelihoods for local communities. The national monument joins 12 other BioGems, including two other additions, the Peace-Athabasca River Delta and the country of Costa Rica.

In addition to naming three new BioGems, NRDC redesigned the “Save BioGems” Web site with new features in order to more effectively mobilize more than 400,000 online activists to protect these areas. The site features a blog by NRDC wildlife experts; an action alert widget that can be embedded on social networks; interactive slideshows and video; and more Spanish-language content. It also includes an “Action Log” where BioGems activists can track their actions and achievements in protecting these areas.

“The success of the BioGems Initiative demonstrates the power of the Internet as a tool for conservation,” said Jacob Scherr, co-director of NRDC’s BioGems Initiative. “Save Biogems has enabled people around the world to have a voice in protecting some of the most unique wild places in our hemisphere.”

For more information, go to http://www.SaveBioGems.org.

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has more than 1 million members and e-activists nationwide, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing. More information is available at http://www.nrdc.org.


Josh Mogerman
Senior Media Associate
Natural Resources Defense Council
Midwest Program
312-651-7909 – o | 773-853-5384 – ml
(Please note that my phone numbers have changed.)
Check out my blog at: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jmogerman


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  1. […] WASHINGTON (February 3, 2009) — Central California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument was designated as a BioGem by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) today. The BioGems project highlights the Western …Continue […]

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