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Duncan Hunter's letter to BLM Director

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June 17,2008
Mr. James L. Caswell
Director, Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Department of Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20240
Dear Director Caswell:
I am writing today regarding an important issue that is of concern to many of my off-roading
constituents: the need to mitigate for impacts on recreational resources caused by alternative energy
projects. I would appreciate Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) review of this matter.
Recent reports, such as the enclosed article in the San Diego Union Tribune, indicate that over
100 applications have been submitted to the BLM by energy-producing companies seeking to develop
more than I million acres of desert land in Southern California. While I support the development of
alternative energy resources in the United States and support the actions state and federal agencies have
taken to encourage such efforts, I am also concerned that many of the locations selected for alternative
energy exploration and extraction exist on lands that serve as popular recreational areas for hundreds of
thousands of visitors each year.
In order for BLM to fulfill its multiple-use mandate to provide high quality, accessible
recreational opportunities to off-roaders, campers, hikers, rock climbers, hunters, and other outdoor
enthusiasts, appropriate mitigation must occur. It is for this reason that I would like to know what
specific mitigation actions the BLM is prepared to take to help ensure that alternative energy development
results in "no net loss" to public recreation land. Acre-for-acre mitigation, or an equivalent in lieu fee for
all public recreation land reallocated for alternative energy exploration, extraction, transmission, or
distribution, arejust a couple of alternatives that I believe should be considered. Only through such a
mitigation program will the proper balance be struck between the need for new, domestic energy sources,
and the need to provide, public access to the deserts, mountains, and other natural lands held in public
trust by the federal government.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you
regarding this important issue.
With best wishes.
Duncan Hunter
Member of Congress
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I sure hope his son understands the scope of our recreation community and follows in his father's footsteps.

It is nice to see Congressman Hunter being pro-active on this but in the end, I really hope that "mitigation" turns into something closer to "finding other areas for new energy projects".

Thanks for posting this.
Duncan Jr

Not sure what the son's take is. Haven't heard his views. He's probably just happy to have a shot at his dad's job. BTW their family does own a small fleet of old Broncos. Some even run.
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