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ARRA Washington Newsletter January Edition

posted Jan 6, 2013, 5:04 AM by Ken Carpenter

2013 Agenda

Despite our hand wringing about the state of play in terms of the Fiscal Cliff negotiations, ARRA is focusing on a legislative agenda for the 113th Congress. Here is the list thus far:

Recreational Trails Program (RTP):

The reauthorization of the Recreational Trails Program is item #1. We almost lost this program during the last reauthorization of federal transportation programs, but due to the hard work of many organizations and individuals, including ARRA members, RTP was saved at the end of the day. The last go around was a serious wake-up call that we can't assume that RTP renewal is a slam dunk. Read more...

National Monument Designations:

Another issue that could pose a threat in 2013 is the possibility that President Obama will seek to create new National Monument areas by presidential decree. In the December newsletter, we focused on a proposal to create a new National Monument area in the State of Utah in what is commonly referred to as the Greater Canyonlands area.

A new threat suddenly emerged on December 15th when Secretary Salazar participated in a public meeting in Taos, New Mexico. Read more...

Fiscal issues affecting public lands:

Continuing discussions about budget reductions could eventually place some severe limits on the management of our public lands and such limits could affect recreational access. Read more...