We are glad so many people have participated in the meetings the U.S. Bureau of Land Management conducted regarding the future of the sand dunes in Imperial County. It shows people still believe in discussion and the democratic process.
We just wonder how much good it is going to do.
In the past it seems BLM decision-makers have paid attention to only a select few, most notably lawsuit-happy environmental groups. It was such folks who forced the closure of a large section of our county's sand dunes in the last year. The result has been more dunes enthusiasts in a smaller area, meaning more danger to those people enjoying the area on their vehicles.
BLM officials can schedule hearing after hearing, but if they don't give people's opinions serious consideration, everyone involved is wasting their time. We haven't seen much serious consideration of all ideas in the past. We have seen BLM officials do what they think is best for the environment and us, no matter what the public wants or says.