Friday, March 19, 2010

Save Gold Butte

Gold Butte Nevada is under attack. Like any battle, there are two sides in the fight.  The issues concerning Gold Butte have become heated debates. The stakes have risen and the two extremes have taken over the whole arena. Much has already occurred on the future of Gold Butte, however there is still much that needs to be done.

There are many of us who find truths buried in both parties propaganda. We have seen first hand the degradation of some of our favorite cultural sites in the Gold Butte area. However we have also been shut out of places that we have been visiting for years. We have seen existing roads closed. The battle has been portrayed as conservation versus public use, but in reality, these do not have to be at odds with each other.

There are many of us who have been timid about joining in the dialog to build a responsible future for Gold Butte. The time for complacency is over. We need to stand up and take responsibility for our public lands. It is easy to sit back and lay blame to the BLM or some extreme environmental group. This accomplishes nothing except to fuel the already incessant fire and push both groups farther into the recesses of their own camp. The current polarized climate on the issues and concerns that surround Gold Butte is damaging for everyone. The time is now to come together and build a positive management plan for Gold Butte. A management plan that includes both conservation and multiple use.

Gold Butte is brimming with rich geologic and cultural treasures. If either extreme prevails in what has become the battle of Gold Butte, we will all lose. Lets all work together to keep public lands open while protecting the cultural history that exists in this beautiful desert country known as Gold Butte.