When it comes to the BLM assuming its responsibility to preserve and protect the Bonneville Salt Flats, it seems they will never do the right thing. We must lead them in the right direction.
The Bonneville Salt Flats have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern. It is a special place. It is so vast and flat, one can see the curvature of the earth. It is an important part of the beginning of motor sports. Even beyond the clear statutory obligations on the Bureau of Land Management to preserve and protect this special place, there is a moral obligation to assure that this national landmark’s life is perpetual. Unfortunately, despite the legal and moral obligations on the BLM, in its 60 years it has done nothing. Certainly, we cannot assume the BLM will do the right thing on their own. Therefore, they must be shown the proper course by the Congress.Save the Salt is undertaking a major effort to show the Congress the feckless efforts of the BLM to meet their obligations. It will call for hearings and legislation to require that the BLM promptly engage programs to restore the BSF to its historic size and quality. The size of the Salt Flats has decreased to a small percentage of its original dimensions. Its thickness used to be measured in feet. Now it is measured in inches. This cannot stand.We are contacting every member of Congress to inform them of the state of the Bonneville Salt Flats and we hope you will as well. Our congressional representatives must hear of the value of this national landmark and its demise under the jurisdiction of the BLM. They must be told that it is critical that the BLM engage in aggressive efforts to restore the BSF.You can find the people who represent you in the Congress by going to www.contactingthecongress.org. Type in your zip code and click "submit it." This will provide the information you need to e-mail or phone your representatives. Do it today.