Thursday, December 07, 2017

National Monuments Are Not Parks

Kaiparowits Plateau Trump released from National Monument protection.
The Plateau in larger perspective.

I don't like a lot of Donald Trump.  I cannot shake the image of him as the Rodney Dangerfield character in "Caddyshack."  For the stuff I do like, most appears to be him doing the right things for the wrong reasons.  This is an exception.  Escalante Staircase is a true national treasure.  It deserves protection.  I have no doubt that if it weren't protected Federally it would be covered by State designation.  And there's the word; designation.  Not a "Park."  Not a "Wilderness Area."  Not "conservation" not "recreation area."  Not "Forest."  "Monument" was intended to be a stopgap designation to prevent looting or exploitation of sensitive areas.  Look at the pictures above.  Bill Clinton and in the case of Bears Ears Obama both overstepped.  Stepping back from overreach is not Trump being anti-environment or even anti-conservation. 

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Thomas Fire Behind Santa Paula

Overnight

Sunrise
The biggest winds are expected tonight.
The Cross.  Grants Park, Ventura.