For some of you who keep up with my social media or even my online writting here on this site I do have a issue with those who talk and do not do anything but talk. I wrote in again to our leaders with some of my concerns.
I got this back, (even if it is a form letter),
Dear Ms. Coen:
Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about recent events at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.
As you know, in early January an armed group of protestors took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which President Teddy Roosevelt set aside in 1908 to protect prime migration and breeding habitat for a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Like you, I have deep concerns about the trespass on the wildlife refuge, and the fact that American citizens were denied access to their publicly-owned and protected land. While public lands are used for a variety of activities, including recreation, ranching, and energy production, these public uses come with responsibilities. Collaboration has always been the Oregon way, and ranchers, environmentalists, the state government, and federal agencies have a long history of working together to overcome challenges facing our public lands and our state.
As I have seen first-hand across Oregon, the importance of federal lands as national assets located in our backyards cannot be underestimated, either economically or as part of our collective national culture. Because of this, I find it indefensible that a group of individuals would hijack a publicly-owned wildlife refuge and prevent American citizens from enjoying and utilizing it for its intended purposes, as well as documenting their apparent crimes for Internet viewing audiences. In addition I share the Burns Paiute Tribe’s alarm at the militants’ access to culturally significant artifacts stored at the Refuge. The possibility that trespassers may have damaged these artifacts is deeply insulting to the people of the Tribe and their culture heritage.
In total, the trespass at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge lasted more than 40 days and put a tremendous strain on Harney County. Many of the individuals involved in these offenses have now been detained, ensuring they be held accountable and ultimately face justice. The steady resolve of the Burns community and Harney county leaders kept this sad episode from sparking something much worse, and I am grateful that the standoff has now ended. Please rest assured that I am taking this matter with the upmost seriousness, and I will continue to closely monitor the legal proceedings. As I do so, I will keep your concerns in mind.
Again, thank you for keeping me apprised of issues that are important to you. If I may be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
United States Senator