GCRG Member (expired) Makes Good
With the changing of the political guard an
environmental consciousness has finally arrived. The appointment of Bruce Babbitt as
Secretary of Interior is a keystone to supporting the view that environmental well being
is essential to national prosperity.
Bruce Babbitt has always shown a love and concern for the great outdoors,
especially the Grand Canyon. He has the perspective that proper management of natural
resources is done by looking at the long term. If the methods of using one resource cause
a detriment to other resources, Bruce is one who will look for changes in those methods.
Babbitts credentials include Governor of Arizona, Harvard Law School,
wilderness defense counsel and author. He is from a business and ranching family, and
promotes the balance between use and enhancement of natural resources. As the new
Secretary, he has called for refurbishing the National Park Service and a reevaluation of
Western water projects. This is a promising start. We may not always agree with the
decisions hell have to make, but we do know that they will have been made on
intelligent and logical grounds.
Bruce Babbitt is an avid hiker and boater. He is sure to be out doing the
same when he can get a chance. As a speaker at a previous GTS, he helped ignite the fire
that led to the current EIS and subsequent Grand Canyon Protection Act. We hope to have
his enlightening input in the future.