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The DOI should solicit public nominations for "treasured landscapes" discussed below by Spotts. They are the public's lands; let the public help inform which portions of its lands are most treasured. This need not replace more traditional executive branch designations, but it can help democratize and engage and invest the public in the discussion of public land protection.
Current regulations preclude public notice, comment or National Environmental Policy Act reviews on public lands mining exploration smaller than five acres.
The DOI should change mining regulations or its interpretation thereof to require BLM to undertake public and environmental reviews of exploratory drilling.
The DOI should enact a monitoring and reporting system to demonstrate in clear terms how administrative units within its agencies are complying with President Obama's Freedom of Information Act memo. Metrics for demonstrating "a presumption of disclosure" and cooperation sought by that memo could be as simple as the number of annual FOIA appeals or lawsuits lost. Let's see some accountability and measurable progress ...more »
The DOI should create a uniform web-based system for managing NEPA processes across its public agencies. It should include: 1. DOCUMENTS: The system should house NEPA notices, documents, supporting analyses, and decisions in formats easily accessible by the public; 2. SEARCHING FUNCTION: The system should categorize each NEPA event by attribute, like administrative unit, date, species, state, land use, etc., to ...more »