Public Land Solutions Hosts Outdoor Industry Panel Supporting Master Leasing Plans
On August 5, 2015 Public Land Solutions hosted a panel of outdoor industry and conservation community representatives during the Summer Outdoor Retailer Show to discuss the importance of balancing recreation and resource extraction on public lands.
Many key recreation assets around the West are located on lands that are slated for oil and gas development. And the recent boom has increased the chances that these areas could see increased drilling activity soon. New planning tools are being developed to provide better zoning near the rivers, cliffs, and trails that drive the outdoor economy. Outdoor businesses are increasingly involved to ensure these plans to succeed.
Panelists included Ashley Korenblat (Western Spirit Cycling), Juan Palma (former BLM Director for Utah), Rob BonDurant (Osprey Packs), Josh Ewing (Friends of Cedar Mesa), and Hans Cole (Patagonia) who discussed how Bureau of Land Management Master Leasing Plans facilitate community Involvement and serve as a blue print for stakeholder cooperation in the often-contentious issue of oil and gas leasing on public lands. Specific geographies important to the outdoor recreation community were be discussed (southwestern Colorado, Utah’s Cedar Mesa and Moab) as well as why outdoor businesses should care about better land planning with respect to oil and gas development. Press, outdoor industry executives, conservation community representatives, federal agency employees (BLM) were in attendance.