You are here: home   Issues   9   Land exchange helped wildlife

Land exchange helped wildlife

Document Actions
Dear HCN,


Your recent article titled "Babbitt is Trying to Nationalize the BLM" (HCN, 5/16/94) provided many perceptive insights as to the possible future direction of that very important agency.


I do encourage you to revisit the Indian School (Phoenix) Land Exchange brokered in the 1980s by then Arizona BLM State Director Dean Bibles, in close cooperation with then Gov. Babbitt. The recent article implies the process "made a hash out of the public process and, some say, gave away valuable land close to Phoenix for less valuable distant land."


Our office was an active part of that process for over four years, and found it a very open process, to the great credit of Bibles, Sen. DeConcini, Mo Udall, Babbitt, and others. Furthermore, the nation received 56,000 acres of exemplary riparian habitat along Arizona's San Pedro River Corridor and over 100,000 acres of critical wetland in Florida's Big Cypress Swamp in exchange for 135 acres of extremely valuable Phoenix real estate. I believe that a vast majority of Americans would applaud this precedent-setting land exchange, which enhanced so much critical wetland habitat. Yes, there are an infinite number of ways to invest the $100" million from the sale of the Indian School property, but few would have done more for wildlife. Thank you, Messrs. Babbitt, Bibles, DeConcini and Udall.





Robert K. Turner


Boulder, Colorado





The writer is regional vice president of the National Audubon Society.


Email Newsletter

The West in your Inbox

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow our RSS feeds!
  1. Rancher vs BLM: a 20-year standoff ends with tense roundup |
  2. Photos of a standoff | Armed militia members join a Nevada rancher to pro...
  3. The energy haves and have-nots | Will rooftop solar owners get off the grid — and...
  4. Why homes are lost to wildfire | This Forest Service expert says it's as much a soc...
  5. The future of the Sacramento Delta hangs in the balance | But few Californians seem to grasp what is at stak...
  1. Why homes are lost to wildfire | This Forest Service expert says it's as much a soc...
  2. The energy haves and have-nots | Will rooftop solar owners get off the grid — and...
  3. Photos of a standoff | Armed militia members join a Nevada rancher to pro...
  4. Will the Colorado River reach the Gulf of California once more? | Photographs of last month's historic water pulses....
  5. Locals resist a Bakkenization of the Beartooths | South-central Montanans oppose new drilling, forew...
HCN Classifieds
Subscriber Alert
 
© 2014 High Country News, all rights reserved. | privacy policy | terms of use | powered by Plone