Take a minute and think about it, please!
How organized and how involved are you? Do you know any information about your DNR and their involvement in your favorite recreation areas?
Can you answer these questions?
Do you know the Sierra Club's stance on OHV use? Do you know how good they are at influencing their members? How about how well funded they are and how much they spend on lobbying to work against you?
I read a financial review of their operating budget a few years ago and then over 50% of their budget went into influencing public policy! I just did a google search and according to the BBB the Sierra Clubs expenses for the 2008 Year are as follows.
Studying and influencing public policy: $46,583,000
Information and education: $10,335,100
Outdoor activities: $8,527,300
Chapter allocations: $640,500
Total program expenses: $66,085,900
Now, I'm not that good at math but my numbers now show that 70% of their expenses... Almost $47 million dollars goes into Influencing public policy...
I posted the following in the Northwest regions.
From: firstname.lastname@example.orgWow. Did you know that if you build an off-road vehicle park in the middle of a state forest, it won't make an environmental impact?
Sounds crazy, I know. But the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is saying just that. They are trying to argue that the state can build a park for off-road vehicles in the middle of Reiter Foothills State Forest without having to study the project first to learn how it will affect the wildlife in the area.
Tell the Department of Natural Resources that they must study the potential impact of these trails on wildlife. We only have until Monday to make our voices heard!
The Reiter Foothills State Forest sits on the Skykomish River, at the foot of Mt Baker. It is beloved by hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts. The DNR is exploring the possibility of building additional trails for use by off-road vehicles. However, without properly studying the potential impact of these trails, we have no way of anticipating and preventing harm to the forests waterways and wildlife.
Fortunately, we have a chance to tell DNR that motorized trails significantly damage forests, and must be closely regulated. We must not let DNR set a precedent that would excuse them from evaluating the environmental impact of the motorized trails in our state!
Join us in submitting your own comments to the Department of Natural Resources! The period for public comments ends on Monday, so please submit yours now.
Together we can be watchdogs, ensuring that our state agencies do their job right to protect our forests.
Thank you for all that you do for the environment.
P.S. We need as many people as possible to contact Governor Gregoire about this issue. Please forward this to your friends and family.
Here is what the Washington DNR has been up to with Reiter.
There is an Environmental Checklist that has been completed as per the LAW for this area.
In summary... What are you doing?
If you start to blame the "tree huggers" and the "enviro nazi's". Take a step back and look at your self and what you aren't doing to protect what is already ours!
$47 Million dollars... Think about it!