Skip to comments.Montana: Management Plan Closes Public Land to Target Shooting (Obama's BLM to squeeze gun owners)
Posted on 04/03/2013 1:12:35 PM PDT by Red Steel
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a plan to guide management of more than 434,000 acres of public land for the next 20 years. The planning area is outside Billings in Big Horn, Carbon, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland and Yellowstone counties. The BLM Billings office also oversees management of the 51-acre Pompeys Pillar National Monument, as well as 4,298 acres of public land in Big Horn County, Wyoming a portion of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. To view this plan please click here.
The draft plan contains four management alternatives. Alternative D is BLMs preferred management approach and it would close the most acres to target shooting. Aces proposed for closure to shooters range from 11,348 to 31,586 acres. The plan would also restrict motorized off-road big game retrieval to those hunters with disabilities. An access permit would be issued on a case-by-case basis.
In addition the plan proposes to close 377 miles of roads to public use. The Billings office decided to incorporate details for 11 Travel Management Areas into its plan because of the amount of motorized recreation use the region sees. In the area, 66 miles of road would be closed to all vehicles and another 313 miles would only be open for administrative use. That leaves 530 miles of open routes, 69 miles open only to vehicles with a 50-inch or less wheelbase, 15 miles with seasonal closures and 1,357 acres in the South Hills open only to motorcycle use.
The NRA is in the process of reviewing this plan and encourages all shooters and hunters who recreate on the lands covered by this plan to carefully review the proposed closures to shooting arrayed in the charts in Chapter 2 pages 2-125 and 2-126, as well as on pages 2-141 through 2-195, to determine how the proposed closures in each of the four alternatives will affect you. You may also want to look at the roads proposed for closure to determine if closure will affect your ability to access the areas in which you hunt or target shoot.
Below is a schedule of the public meetings the BLM is hosting. The NRA strongly encourages its members who recreate on these lands to attend one of the public meetings and to summit comments on the plan.
Written comments may be submitted to: Billings_PompeysPillar_RMP@blm.gov or may be mailed directly or delivered to: Draft Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument RMP/EIS Billings Field Office, Bureau of Land Management RMP Team Lead, Carolyn Sherve-Bybee, 5001 Southgate Drive Billings, Montana 59101. The comment period extends to June 28th.
There’s nothing that frosts a member of the modern, PC BLM quite so much as America’s public lands being used by the American public.
If it’s public land not government land how can they close it to the public?
Connecting the dots. This is in response to Montana openly defying Obama's gun control agenda:
Rules like this impose much more hardship on the casual user of BLM lands than locals. It encourages the Suburban and city dwellers to stay home or only visit the “Touristy” areas with thousands of other like minded people.
On the other hand the wealthy and the “Elites” can hire someone to work their way through the maze of rules and regulations so that they can enjoy “pristine” nature without the riff-raff being within sight or hearing.
Agenda 21 at it’s finest.
Don't forget......"all your public land are berong to us - hahahahah."
a plan to guide management of more than 434,000 acres of public land for the next 20 years...................
Actually it’s a plan that might last 31/2 more years or until we get a real President that changes everything this dipstick has put in place.
It’s a big job, but it needs to be done.
The problem arises when the public is endangered by those who use the land as a shooting range
I see the jobs president is restricting economic activity again.
With a total area 434,000 acres, they are talking about restricting target shooting on between 11000 and 34000 acres.
Do you have to have it all? What about the individual who might want to go out there and hike around without having to worry about being in the line of fire of somebody plinking with his AR 15. Could you reasonably give up 3-7 percent?
Its actually a issue of multiple use and we can trace the concept of the multiple use argument back to Gilbert Pinchot vs John Muir in the 19th century.
We use the argument for multiple use against the enviros who want to set it aside. So if we are going to use the multiple use argument against the enviros then we have to use the same argument against others, in this case the NRA and target shooters.
You can't have it both ways, unless you are intellectually dishonest.
Pretty big difference FRiend.
And "opponent" is spelled like I spelled it. : )
That said....I'll have to go back and review your comments...to respond to the rest of your post.
If I care to.....