[meteorite-list] BLM and Meteorite Recovery Policy

From: Michael Blood <mlblood_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sun, 02 Dec 2012 17:08:45 -0800
Message-ID: <CCE13B9D.2A6BD%mlblood_at_cox.net>

Dear Nicholas,
        Please allow me to whole heartedly congratulate you on channeling
Your energy in a manor that is most likely to produce a positive outcome!
        As the Brits would say, "Brilliant!"

On 12/2/12 7:08 AM, "Nicholas Gessler, Ph.D." <nick.gessler at duke.edu> wrote:

> Regarding the BLM's policy on "Collection of Meteorites on Public Land" posted
> at:
> http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/regulations/Instruction_Memos_and_Bulletins/n
> ational_instruction/2012/IM_2012-182.html
> I have written three emails of complaint to Lucia Kuizon, National
> Paleontologist and lkuizon at blm.gov, and Frank Jenks, Natural Resources
> Specialist fjenks at blm.gov, buty as yet have not had the courtesy of a reply.
> At this time, I'm prepared to file a FOIA (Freedom of Information) request for
> all documentation leading up to the legislation posted on their website, to
> include minutes of all meetings, drafts, lists of committee members and
> individuals consulted, emails pertaining to the above, etc.
> Before I do so, has anyone else filed such a request? Have any other list
> members received any "official" communications from the BLM regarding their
> policy?
> I note that the policy is set to expire in one year, which would imply that
> implementation of this policy is still in flux. I am surprised how naive,
> unrealistic, self-contradictory and wrongheaded this legislation is and I
> think that we on the list, the Meteoritical Society and academic and
> scientific institutions should come together to oppose it.
> I have a full teaching and research schedule, so please forgive me if this all
> has been hashed out on the list before or if protests have already been filed.
> If anyone else is moving forward on this, please get in touch with me. Please
> email me directly if you have any inside information on this. I'm pretty sure
> there was no consultation with those potentially affected by this legislation.
> We need a website devoted to this struggle. Perhaps I can contribute to that
> effort.
> Regards,
> Nick
> nick.gessler at duke.edu
> http://isis.duke.edu/gessler
> Research Associate (ISIS)
> Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
> Courses:
> Multiagent Complex Systems / ISIS-170, CompSci-107, VisMedStudies-172
> Networks of Trust, Secrecy & Deception / ISIS-235, CultAnth-226
> History of & Simulations in the Science of Meteoritics / ISIS-230,
> EarthOceanSci-230
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