No conservation plan encourages mining

The other day I read that Senator Bryan is seeking a 15-year window in which mining companies will be able to explore in the Calico Mountains for gold.

It's my understanding that the Calico Mountains are a Wilderness Study Area that the BLM must, by law, manage as de facto wilderness until Congress determines to release the land or protect it permanently as wilderness.

What kind of conservation plan encourages mining in the middle of the conservation area? What historical and ecological value will this wonderful area have if we rip the heart out? Why bother to support a Black Rock National Conservation Area that thinks first of concessions it can make to a mining industry that has left scarred communities behind and is in the process of dewatering the Carlin Trend in central Nevada?

Does anyone besides the conservation community think about long-term implications of shoddy legislation?


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