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Gold Butte National Monument is an area of about 350,000 acres of public lands located between the Overton Arm of Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument just west of Mesquite in southern Nevada near the Arizona border. Prior to its designation as a national monument, most of the area was designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern.

Gold Butte is under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) but was left unmanaged and unpatrolled for more than two years following the 2014 standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and BLM officials who sought to remove Bundy’s cattle from the area.

Gold Butte is named for the historic mining town of the early 1900s.

The region is a new national monument.

⚡️ “Places to visit in 2017: Bears Ears and Gold Butte”
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Proclamation

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-05/pdf/2017-00039.pdf

Headlines

Discover ancient artwork, sandstone landscape at Gold Butte National Monument — VIDEO

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/with-new-monuments-in-nevada-utah-obama-adds-to-his-environmental-legacy/2016/12/28/e9833f62-c471-11e6-8422-eac61c0ef74d_story.html
https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretaries-jewell-vilsack-applaud-presidents-designation-new-national-monuments-utah
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/28/statement-president-designation-bears-ears-national-monument-and-gold
Reid, Titus, & Vegas Heavy Hitters Go All In For Gold Butte - Let's Talk Nevada
Reid: Gold Butte National Monument "will happen before the first of the year"
Reid says he’s ‘confident’ Obama will designate Gold Butte a national monument
Obama pressed to establish new national monuments in Nevada, elsewhere
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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/reid-bundy-ranch-national-monument
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http://knpr.org/dc-blog/standard-bearer
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Conservationists worry about Gold Butte as feds keep their distance
One view: Gold Butte deserves federal protection - Ron Hunter
Gold Butte: A challenge, but a wonderful adventure - @goldbutte
http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/protect-gold-butte-visitors-overrun-it
Gold Butte called more vulnerable to vandals - @STetreaultDC @reviewjournal
http://knpr.org/knpr/2015-08/group-steps-efforts-preserve-gold-butte
Conservationists, company rally to protect Gold Butte
http://letstalknevada.com/mesquitenv-the-gateway-to-gold-butte
http://www.nevadawilderness.org/action/campaign_gold-butte.asp
http://www.forsythlv.com/goldbuttepetroglyphs.htm
Gold Butte deserves star on the map
Fight continues to preserve Gold Butte
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Proposed-bill-would-protect-350-000-acres-of-BLM
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http://swoondivers.com/nevada-petroglyph-hike-with-the-friends-of-gold-butte
http://vegasseven.com/latest/2013/08/14/three-questions-gold-butte
http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/mesquite/2015/04/23/chamber-shows-new-video/26268453
http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2015/07/keen_footwear_launches_nationa.html
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August 18 Press Conference

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2015 Economic Analysis

http://www.outsidelasvegas.org/gold-butte-economic-analysis
Gold Butte Economic Analysis
http://watch.knpb.org/video/2365610925

Gold Butte Economic Impact Study http://www.outsidelasvegas.org/gold-butte-economic-analysis @appliedanalysis @OutsideLasVegas @goldbutte @GoMesquiteNV

Elsewhere on the Web

http://protectgoldbutte.org
http://www.friendsofgoldbutte.org - @goldbutte - facebook
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http://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/GoldButte/_GB_over/_gb_over.htm

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Gold Butte - Jim Stanger - @roadup


Harry Reid/Senate News

http://www.conservationalliance.com/gold-butte-national-monument-campaign-takes-big-step
http://www.reid.senate.gov/es/press_releases/2016-4-7-reid-debemos-proteger-a-gold-butte-en-nevada-y-a-tierras-por-todo-estados-unidos
http://www.reid.senate.gov/press_releases/2016-04-07-reid-we-must-protect-nevadas-gold-butte-lands-across-america



Reid: We Must Protect Nevada’s Gold Butte, Lands Across America


April 7, 2016 | Press Releases“Congress created the Antiquities Act to empower the president to protect our cultural, historic and natural resources when and where Congress cannot – or will not. Many of our current national parks were created using this authority… Unfortunately, many Senate Republicans want to undermine the Antiquities Act. They refuse to defend our cultural and historic antiquities that are being systematically destroyed.”
“Because of trouble caused by the Bundys and their pals, the federal employees tasked with safely guarding these antiquities were prevented from doing their jobs. These employees have been under constant physical and mental threat for doing what the American people have tasked them to do.”
I’ve tried to protect Gold Butte for a long time. And the reason we haven’t been able to do anything to this point is that the Bundy boys and his pals. So that’s why I’m grateful for the Antiquities Act. Because of this legislation and because of the fact that the Bundys are in jail, I’m going to reach out to the White House. And there’s no guarantee we’ll get it done. We’ll see if President Obama will protect this area. He has the authority, as any president does, to stop this sort of destruction and stop it now.”
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today about the need to protect and preserve Gold Butte in Nevada and other sites throughout the nation. Below are his remarks:
I’m grateful that the presiding officer today is from the state of Nevada, my friend, the junior Senator from Nevada. When I think of home, I think of the desert.
You can’t talk about Nevada as a desert only, even though the vast majority of the state is a very arid place. We also have the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Ruby Mountains. We are the most mountainous state in the union except Alaska with 314 separate mountain ranges. We have 32 mountains over 11,000 feet high. We have one mountain that we share with California that is almost 14,000 feet high. It is a beautiful state.
But today, I’m going to focus on some of those arid places, places where I was born and raised. Having been back here in Washington for such a long time – 37 years – I think of the blue skies that are so prevalent in Nevada. They hover over a canvas. No one could paint a picture as beautiful as that, of these mountains in the middle of the desert, these Joshua trees or of the sagebrush.
It is that beauty that’s drawing thousands of visitors to Nevada and Nevada’s wilderness every year. Yesterday, the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote an article reporting how important this industry is to our country:
“The big time solitude found in the big empty spaces of the western U.S. generates big money for regional economies.
“That’s according to a study that attempts to put a dollar value on ‘quiet recreation’ on Bureau of Land Management property.
“It found that sports like hiking and mountain biking on BLM land generated more than $1.8 billion in spending in 2014, that’s roughly equivalent to two months of gambling revenue in Las Vegas casinos.”
Our public lands are jewels that we must protect.
To its credit, the Bureau of Land Management and their dedicated employees do a remarkable job in safeguarding these national treasures so that Americans can enjoy them.
When I was first elected, the Bureau of Land Management was on par with the internal revenue service. No one liked them. Now they are admired. They’ve done a remarkably good job to take care of public lands.
John Sterling, the Executive Director of The Conservation Alliance, told the Reno Gazette-Journal, quote:
“The BLM is the final frontier for a primitive experience on our public lands. They represent the future of outdoor recreation.”
Most Americans are familiar with what happened earlier this year in Oregon. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon was taken over. A dangerous group of militants staged an armed takeover of the refuge, they came with their canvas shirts and their camouflage pants and their guns and their all-terrain vehicles to take over the federal property. And they did. They damaged the refuge to the tune of about, maybe $20 million: defecating on some of the ruins in the facility and stopping the Native Americans from being able to do their annual fishing.
This particular episode of domestic terrorism has roots in Nevada, I’m sorry to say. They were led by the sons of Cliven Bundy. Cliven who, as we speak, is where he should be – in jail. Two of his sons are in jail, too, having participated in the unlawful takeover. Cliven Bundy is a Nevadan who has been breaking federal laws for decades.
I’m disappointed that some of my colleagues supported this outrageous lawbreaker. Teddy Roosevelt created this national wildlife refuge in Oregon. This radical president, Theodore Roosevelt – and I say that sarcastically because he wasn’t. He was a great president. He created this refuge in 1908. Roosevelt used the tools at his disposal as president – including the Antiquities Act – to protect our national heritage so that generations of Americans could enjoy it.
Congress created the Antiquities Act to empower the president to protect our cultural, historic and natural resources when and where Congress cannot – or will not. Many of our current national parks were created using this authority. In fact, 16 presidents – eight Democrats and eight Republicans – have used this authority to protect these lands for the benefit of the American people. Even George W. Bush used the Antiquities Act.
Unfortunately, many Senate Republicans want to undermine the Antiquities Act. They refuse to defend our cultural and historic antiquities that are being systematically destroyed. But that is why the Antiquities Act was created – to safeguard against these threats in the absence of Congressional action.
Take, for example, Gold Butte, the area where Cliven Bundy illegally grazed his cattle. It is a stunning landscape.
Is this worth protecting? Look at it. Is this worth protecting? This is not doctored up, colored. That’s the way it is. We don’t get a lot of clouds in Nevada, especially this part of Nevada. It doesn’t happen often, but this is part of the greatness of Nevada. Look at that. Is that worth preserving?

Of course it is. This has such magnificent areas. Sandstone formations like this, petroglyphs dating back thousands of years.

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Take a look at this: Petroglyphs. These Indian writings and drawings are centuries old. They’re in the area that we want to protect: Gold Butte. Look at that. Panel after panel of this magnificent part of history.

But because of trouble caused by the Bundys and their pals, the federal employees tasked with safely guarding these antiquities were prevented from doing their jobs. These employees have been under constant physical and mental threat for doing what the American people have tasked them to do. Petroglyphs are being destroyed, drawn over, shot at and stolen.
external image pic-2-300x200.jpgThis is one such example. The white area in the middle was vulgar graffiti that experts attempted to remove. Just underneath, you can see bullet-holes. People have used this petroglyph as target practice.
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The final picture I want to show is the Joshua tree damage. I know a lot of about Joshua trees because in Searchlight we have tone of the thickest Joshua forests in the world.
These trees are so stunning. They grow about two inches a year. They last for up to 150 years. People don’t understand these trees are so terrific. They have been brutalized by these criminals. Someone chopped this one down. This tree, we don’t know how old it was, but 100 years old probably, 80 years old. Look at that beautiful tree behind it. So that’s really unfortunate, but that’s what they do. They just destroy. This is sad.
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I’ve tried to protect Gold Butte for a long time. And the reason we haven’t been able to do anything to this point is that the Bundy boys and his pals. So that’s why I’m grateful for the Antiquities Act. Because of this legislation and because of the fact that the Bundys are in jail, I’m going to reach out to the White House. And there’s no guarantee we’ll get it done. We’ll see if President Obama will protect this area. He has the authority, as any president does, to stop this sort of destruction and stop it now.
Threats to our public lands are threats to our economy, our environment and our culture. When we preserve our lands, we preserve America, and that’s what we’re trying to do: Preserve this beautiful, beautiful place.
I say again, is this worth protecting? Is this worth preserving? Of course it is.
Reid: Debemos proteger a Gold Butte en Nevada y a tierras por todo Estados Unidos

abril 7, 2016 | Press Releases
Washington, D.C. – El líder demócrata del Senado Harry Reid hizo hoy las siguientes declaraciones en el pleno del Senado sobre la importancia de proteger a Gold Butte en Nevada y a otros sitios por toda la nación. A continuación, su discurso:
“Me complace que mi amigo, el senador por Nevada, esté presidiendo el Senado esta mañana. Cuando pienso de mi estado, pienso del desierto.
“No puedes describir a Nevada como un desierto solamente, a pesar de que la mayoría del estado en un lugar muy árido. También tenemos la bella Sierra Nevada, las Montañas Ruby. Somos el estado más montañoso en la nación, con excepción de Alaska que tiene 314 cordilleras. Tenemos 32 montañas con más de 11.000 pies de altura. Tenemos una montaña que compartimos con California con casi 14.000 pies de altura. Es un estado hermoso.
“Pero hoy me enfocaré en unos de los lugares áridos, lugares donde nací y me crie. He vivido en Washington por mucho tiempo – 37 años – pero siempre me acuerdo del cielo azul que prevalece en Nevada. Nadie puede pintar algo más bello que eso, que las montañas en medio del desierto, que los árboles de Josué o los pastizales del gallo de salvia.
“Es esa belleza que atrae a miles de turistas a Nevada y sus paisajes naturales cada año. Ayer, el periódico Reno Gazette-Journal publicó un artículo reportando sobre qué importante es esta industria para nuestro país:
‘La soledad que se encuentra en los enormes espacios vacíos en el oeste de Estados Unidos genera dinero para las economías regionales.
‘Esto de acuerdo a un estudio que intenta poner un valor monetario a la recreación que se lleva a cabo en propiedades de la Oficina de Administración de Tierras (BLM, por sus siglas en inglés).
‘Encontró que deportes como el senderismo y ciclismo de montaña en tierras de la BLM en el 2014 generaron más de $1,8 mil millones, monto equivalente a dos meses de ganancias por los juegos de azar en los casinos de Las Vegas’.
“Nuestras tierras públicas son joyas que debemos proteger.
“La Oficina de Administración de Tierras y sus dedicados empleados hacen una estupenda labor protegiendo estos tesoros nacionales para que los estadounidenses puedan gozar de ellas.
“Cuando fui electo, la Oficina de Administración de Tierras estaba a la par del Servicio de Rentas Internas (IRS, por sus siglas en inglés). No le gustaba a nadie. Ahora son admirados. Han hecho un extraordinario trabajo protegiendo estas tierras públicas.
“John Sterling, el director ejecutivo de la Alianza para la Conservación, dijo lo siguiente al Reno Gazette-Journal:
‘La BLM es la última frontera para tener una experiencia primitiva en nuestras tierras públicas. Representan el futuro de la recreación al aire libre’.
“La mayoría de los estadounidenses están familiarizados con lo que paso en Oregón a principios de este año. El Refugio Nacional de Vida Salvaje Malheur fue tomado. Un peligroso grupo de militantes organizó la toma armada del refugio. Llegaron camuflajeados y armados con pistolas y vehículos todo terreno para tomar la propiedad federal. Causaron daños por un total aproximado de $20 millones: defecando sobre algunas de las ruinas e impidiendo que los indígenas llevaran a cabo su pesca anual.
“Me decepciona decir que este episodio de terrorismo doméstico tiene raíces en Nevada. Fueron liderados por los hijos de Cliven Bundy. Cliven, quien ahora esta donde debería estar – la cárcel. Dos de sus hijos también están en la cárcel por haber participado en esa toma ilegal. Cliven Bundy es un nevadense que ha estado rompiendo la ley federal por décadas.
“Me decepciona que algunos de mis colegas apoyaron a este infractor. Teddy Roosevelt creó este refugio nacional de vida salvaje en Oregón. Este presidente radical – Theodore Roosevelt – y digo eso sarcásticamente porque no lo era. Fue un gran presidente. Creó este refugio en 1908. Roosevelt usó las herramientas que tenía a su disposición como presidente – incluyendo la Ley de Antigüedades – para proteger nuestro patrimonio nacional para que futuras generaciones disfrutaran de el.
“El Congreso creó la Ley de Antigüedades para empoderar al presidente para proteger nuestros recursos culturales, históricos y naturales cuando y donde el Congreso no puede – o no quiere. Muchos de nuestros parques nacionales fueron creados usando esta autoridad. De hecho, 16 presidentes – ocho demócratas y 8 republicanos – han usado esta autoridad para proteger estas tierras para el beneficio del pueblo estadounidense. Hasta George W. Bush usó la Ley de Antigüedades.
“Desafortunadamente, muchos republicanos del Senado quieren socavar la Ley de Antigüedades. Se rehúsan a defender nuestras antigüedades culturales e históricas que están siendo destruidas sistemáticamente. Esta Ley de Antigüedades fue creada para protegernos de estas amenazas en la ausencia de acción del Congreso.
“Tomen por ejemplo a Gold Butte, el área a donde Cliven Bundy ha pastado ilegalmente su ganado. Es un increíble paisaje.
“¿Vale la pena protegerlo? Vean esto. ¿Vale la pena protegerlo? Esto no está retocado, coloreado. Así se ve. No tenemos muchas nubes en Nevada, especialmente en esta parte de Nevada. No ocurre con frecuencia, pero esto es parte de la grandeza de Nevada. Miren eso. ¿Vale la pena protegerlo?
“Claro que lo es. Tiene áreas magnificas. Formaciones areniscas como esta, petroglifos de miles de años.

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“Miren esto: petroglifos. Estos escritos y pinturas rupestres tienen siglos. Están en el área que queremos proteger: Gold Butte. Miren eso. Pintura tras pintura de esta magnífica parte de la historia.
“Pero debido a los problemas causados por los Bundy y sus amigos, a los empleados federales encargados de resguardad estas antigüedades no se les ha permitido hacer su labor. Estos empleados han sido víctimas de constantes amenazas físicas y mentales por hacer lo que el pueblo estadounidense les encomendó. Los petroglifos están siendo destruidos, dibujados y hasta disparados y robados.
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“Este es un ejemplo de eso. La área blanca era un grafiti vulgar que expertos intentaron remover. Debajo de eso, pueden ver hoyos de bala. Estas personas han usado este petroglifo como tiro al blanco.
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“La ultima foto que quiero compartir es la de los daños ocasionados al árbol de Josué. Sé bastante de los árboles de Josué porque en Searchlight tenemos los bosques más grandes de árboles de Josué.

“Estos árboles son maravillosos. Crecen aproximadamente dos pulgadas al año. Viven hasta 150 años. Las personas no entienden que estos árboles son increíbles. Y han sido brutalmente atacados por estos criminales. Alguien taló este árbol. Este árbol, no sabemos qué tan viejo era, pero probablemente 100 años, 80 años. Miren el hermoso árbol justamente atrás de ese. Así que esto es muy desafortunado, pero esto es lo que hacen. Lo destruyeron. Es muy triste.
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“He tratado de proteger a Gold Butte por mucho tiempo. Y la razón por que no hemos podido hacer nada al respecto hasta ahora se debe a los Bundy y sus amigos. Así que por eso estoy agradecido por la Ley de Antigüedades. Gracias a esta legislación y a que los Bundy están en la cárcel, voy a comunicarme con la Casa Blanca. No hay garantía que lo podamos lograr. Pero veremos si el Presidente Obama protegerá esta área. Tiene la autoridad, como todos los presidentes la tienen, para poner fin a esta destrucción, y ponerle fin ya.
“Las amenazas a nuestras tierras públicas son amenazas a nuestra economía, nuestro medio ambiente y nuestra cultura. Cuando preservamos nuestras tierras, estamos preservando a Estados Unidos, y eso es lo que estamos tratando de hacer: Preservar este lugar tan hermoso.
“Y pregunto una vez más, ¿Vale la pena protegerla? ¿Vale la pena presérvala? Claro que sí”.

Dean Heller
http://elkodaily.com/news/opinion/commentary/heller-urges-obama-to-not-designate-monument/article_2002568b-6a01-5fc9-aa8d-b9f8e1035739.html


Events

January 13 630-8pm State of Gold Butte Address, Henderson REI, 2220 Village Walk Dr, Suite #150

State of Gold Butte Address

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October 3-4 Sierra Club Outing
Discover Gold Butte. Camping optional. See description for distances, moderately strenous. Guest host Jim Boone will take us on a weekend tour of the fascinating Gold Butte area, which will include hiking and sight-seeing. Saturday: Devils Throat, and Gold Butte Townsite; hiking in Lime Canyon (2 mi) and Little Finland (1 mi). Campers stay at Little Finland, hotelers drive to Mesquite. Sunday: Reunite at Whitney Pocket, visit CCC Dam, then Falling Man petroglyph site. Hike to 21 Goats petroglyph site and historic Black Butte Dam (2.8 mi). What happened to the ranchers? Leader: geologist Nick Saines Level 3.

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September 9 Friends of Gold Butte Discussion by Jim Boone, Bird and Hike




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Friday, August 21: Wild about Nevada
We talk to Friends of Nevada Wilderness and Friends of Gold Butte to explore rural and wild Nevada. What is the role of ecotourism in the newly-christened national monuments Basin and Range and Tule Springs? We'll take a look at what's wild, what's protected, what can be protected.
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