“President Biden’s decision to expand the monuments is disappointing, though not surprising. For the past 10 months, we have consistently offered to work with the Biden Administration on a permanent, legislative solution, one that would end the perpetual enlarging and shrinking of these monuments and bring certainty to their management. Our goal has been to make lasting progress on managing our public lands for the benefit of all those who use them, particularly those who live on and near those lands. We expected and hoped for closer collaboration between our state and national leaders, especially on matters that directly impact Utah and our citizens. The president’s decision to enlarge the monuments again is a tragic missed opportunity — it fails to provide certainty as well as the funding for law enforcement, research, and other protections which the monuments need and which only Congressional action can offer.” — Utah delegation in letter to Biden administration against expanding Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

In Episode 220 of District of Conservation, Gabriella revisits national monument designations in wake of the Biden administration’s decision to restore three sites to pre-Trump levels. Learn about the response from Utah, what the Antiquities Act allows, and how national monuments can, ironically, keep sportsmen and women out if few stakeholders are involved. 

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EP 224: McAuliffe vs. Youngkin—Who's Better for Virginia's True Conservationists? District of Conservation

In Episode 224 of District of Conservation, Gabriella compares and contrasts Virginia's gubernatorial candidates – Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin – on firearms/Second Amendment rights, sportsmen's issues, and energy. At the end of her analysis, she mentions who earned her vote yesterday. Tune in! SHOW NOTES Firearms McAuliffe's gun control platform / gun violence as public health issue / 2019 video against gun shows / bought a gun in 2013 /  2016 CHP reciprocity deal & latest USCCA VA CHP stats | my RTD column on Herring VCDL blasts Dominion Energy for depressing gun vote Hunting/Fishing McAuliffe signs Sunday hunting, pink camo bills into law Youngkin endorsement & Sportsmen coalition page RTD's Shapiro claims Youngkin isn't a real hunter Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance supports Youngkin Youngkin at 2021 Green Top Expo & celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day Energy & Environment McAuliffe's clean energy push $800 increase on energy bills by 2030 Candidates mum on Mountain Valley Pipeline Youngkin on climate change & opposing the Virginia Clean Economy Act, challenging Dominion Virginia EIA Stats — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/district-of-conservation/support
  1. EP 224: McAuliffe vs. Youngkin—Who's Better for Virginia's True Conservationists?
  2. EP 223: Journalists Should Learn to Hunt to Better Understand Conservation (ft. Mallory Walser)
  3. EP 222: Dominion Energy Gave $200K to Shadowy Group to Depress Sportsmen Vote in #VAGov Race
  4. EP 221: Rep. Dan Newhouse on the 30X30 Alternative & Congressional Western Caucus Priorities
  5. EP 220: Biden Administration Reignites Debate on Controversial National Monument Designations



October 8, 2021