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Support PLF Through the 2017 Combined Federal Campaign!
The Public Lands Foundation is an approved charity for the 2017 CFC under our dba/Conservation and Protection of Public Lands, CFC# 11786. Watch for the Office of Personnel Management’s activation of the CFC online pledge website in late October and further information on how retired federal annuitants can participate.
Statement from PLF President Jesse Juen regarding Secretary Zinke’s remarks about Interior Department Employees
“How amazingly disappointing, disrespectful and unprofessional for the Secretary of the Interior to describe a third of Interior employees as not loyal to the flag!
After 33 years of service under numerous administrations and multiple offices throughout the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) I can only say that this is not and never will be the case for the BLM. In addition, I believe BLM’s employees department-wide are tremendous advocates for the mission of their agency. They are professional and passionate about getting the job done for any administration and the public they serve.
What is even worse, Secretary Zinke is using his accusations to somehow justify a Departmental reorganization which will cost the public an enormous amount of money, add more layers of bureaucracy, disrupt public service and make certain that more day-to-day decisions will be made within the DC beltway. Exactly what the public has asked our government not to do.”
PLF Recognizes Geoff Middaugh as 2017 Volunteer of the Year
PLF is proud to honor Geoff Middaugh with its 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award for serving as Secretary of our organization.
PLF Comments on President’s FY 2018 Budget Request for the Bureau of Land Management
In a letter to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chair, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment & Related Agencies, Senate Appropriations Committee, PLF expressed its concerns over the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to BLM’s budget and staff for FY 2018. Read our letter here.
PLF Provides Ideas for Creating Land Use Planning Efficiencies
PLF responded to Interior’s request for ideas on how the land use planning process could be improved within BLM. Read our letter to Secretary Zinke here.
PLF Fundraising for the 4th Student Congress and Scholarships!
The PLF seeks your support in helping us prepare the next generation of public land managers through our two core activities: the Biennial Student Congress and the annual awarding of two George Lea Founder’s Scholarships. Contributions are tax-deductible and you can donate online here!
Third Student Congress Video Now Available!
View a video showing highlights from the Third Student Congress held in Las Cruces, New Mexico in 2016 here.
PLF Opposes Initiatives to Relocate BLM’s Headquarters.
The PLF expressed its opposition to any proposed move of the BLM’s headquarters away from Washington, DC. PLF also provided guidance and recommendations to other reorganization initiatives under consideration by the Secretary of the Interior. Read the letter to Secretary Zinke here.
PLF’s Arizona Chapter Supports Retaining National Monuments.
The PLF’s Arizona Chapter urges Interior Secretary Zinke to retain four National Monuments in Arizona with their existing borders. Read the letter here.
PLF Announces 4th Biennial Student Congress
ThePublic Lands Foundation and Bureau of Land Management will hold the 4th Biennial Student Congress in Baker City, Oregon from August 22-25, 2018. See preliminary details here.
PLF Supports Removal of Restrictive Appropriations Language for the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program
In a June 5, 2017 letter to Congressional Appropriations Committees, the PLF expresses support for removal of past restrictive appropriations language that limits the BLM from using the full range of management provisions in the 1971 Wild-Free Roaming Wild Horses and Burros Act, as amended. Read the letter here.
2016 Student Congress Participant Claire Martini Submits Comments on Bears Ears National Monument; Encourages Other Students to Do So
PLF says “well done!” to Claire Martini for her initiative to craft her articulate and substantive comments and for sharing them with other students to use as a model for submitting their own. Read Claire’s comments here.
PLF Expresses Views on Use of Antiquities Act and FLPMA Authorities on National Monuments
The PLF has advised Secretary of the Interior Zinke about its views of authorities under the Antiquities Act and FLPMA regarding the designation and management of National Monuments. Read the letter here.
PLF Supports Continuation of Resource Advisory Councils
The PLF has expressed its support for the continuation of Resource Advisory Councils and other advisory boards. Presently, the Department of the Interior has suspended such meetings while they go under review. Read our letter here.
BLM Foundation Established!
The FY 2017 Appropriations law passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump contains provisions that establish a BLM Foundation, similar to those established for other land management agencies. Read the text of the law here: Language in FY 2017 Approps for Foundation.
PLF president Jesse Juen stated “After three decades, the vision of George Lea, founder of the Public Land Foundation has finally come true. The Nation’s busiest and most complex land management agency, the Bureau of Land Management, now has it’s own foundation just as National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does. As the current president of the Public Lands Foundation, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the members of Congress who helped bring this effort to fruition. In particular, our thanks to U.S. Representative Jody Hice from Georgia, U.S. Representative Allan Lowenthal from California, U.S. Representative Mike Simpson from Idaho, U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva from Arizona, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, and U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Senator Udall from New Mexico.”
PLF and partner organizations oppose legislation to terminate BLM and Forest Service Law Enforcement programs. On April 5, 2017, PLF and partnering federal retiree organizations issued a letter to Congress opposing H.R. 622, the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act, which would terminate the law enforcement programs of the BLM and the Forest Service. Read the letter here.
PLF Objects to U.S. House of Representatives’ Rule 5 and the Holman Rule
The PLF notified the House Rules Committee about its concerns and objections to language in House Rule 5 and the Holman Rule and its potential impacts to Federal employees. Read the letter here.
Continue to Grow With Short-term Overseas Work as a Retiree!
As a DOI employee, you made an important contribution to furthering DOI’s domestic mission, but did you know that as a retiree you can continue to use your skills and expertise to further DOI’s mission internationally? Click here to find out how: Former Employee Handout
PLF Op-Ed Published in the Hill
Read PLF President Jesse Juen’s op-ed to Rep. Ryan Zinke on BLM’s Planning 2.0 rule and Potential House Action under the Congressional Review Act.