Friday, December 19, 2014

Daniel R. Patterson resume: energy, environment, government, natural resources, public lands, wildlife, water, communications, education, media, PR, community, labor, hospitality, public service, planning, politics, etc.

Daniel R. Patterson | Las Vegas, Nevada | 702.381.3475 |

Ecologist & Deserts Director, Center for Biological Diversity, NV, CA, AZ, UT (1996-2006, 2014)
• Protected nature and health through science, policy, education, media, law and cooperation.
• Managed and directed staff. Work with tribes. Helped triple membership, staff and budgets.
Southwest Director, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Tucson AZ (2006-now)
• Helping employees and retirees; director of all media work and programs in AZ, NM, UT & NV.
Events Professional, IATSE Local 415, Tucson (2013-now)
• Supporting events reliably for trade shows, exhibitions and the entertainment industry.
Volunteer, US Interior Dept./FWS, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Sasabe AZ (2014)
• Assisted USFWS on education, outreach, conservation, recreation, restoration & monitoring.
Letter Carrier, US Postal Service, Tucson (2013)
• Served people and business through friendly, dedicated professional service.
State Lawmaker, Arizona Legislature, Tucson/Phoenix AZ (2008-12)
• Elected/re-elected to represent Tucson/Pima. Ranking Member, Energy & Natural Resources.
• Listened with independent mind to all. Collaborated for public interest. Served constituents.
Fellow, US State Dept./American Council of Young Political Leaders, Washington DC (2011)
• Represented Arizona on political, business and cultural diplomacy tour across Argentina.
Western Legislative Academy, Council of State Governments, Colorado Springs CO (2010)
• Selected for prestigious policy and communications leadership training for state lawmakers.
Planning Commissioner, City of Tucson, Tucson (2005-08)
• Appointed by Mayor & Council to make policy on growth, parks, water, land & transportation.
Congressional Advisor, U.S. House of Representatives, Tucson/Washington DC (2002-09)
• Advised US Rep. Grijalva & staff on some energy, water & natural resources issues and policies. 
Board Member, Pima County Board of Adjustment, Tucson (2007-08)
• Appointed by County Supervisors to hear and settle community land use disputes.
Political Leadership Fellow, Center for Progressive Leadership, Phoenix (2008)
• Trained to organize and direct effective, diverse political, advocacy and media campaigns.
Professional Ecologist, Round River Ecological Services, San Diego CA (1996-98)
• Designed and implemented landscape restoration to help people and wildlife.
• Monitored and surveyed for rare wildlife in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts.
Natural Resources Specialist, US Interior Dept./BLM (ECO), Barstow CA (1995-96)
• Coordinated multiple-use projects with public, stakeholders and other agencies.
• Cooperated on CWA, NEPA, FLPMA, CAA, NHPA, ESA and state & local law compliance.
• Directed work crews, project funds, planning, media and community/partner relations.
Corporate Accounts Manager, Pattco Properties, Lansing MI (1988-94)
• Recruited and managed business accounts; sales. Worked in successful family business.

Michigan State University, East Lansing MI (1990-94)
• Natural Resource Development, B.S., Agriculture & Natural Resources Communications, B.S.
• Worked in Botany Dept. on restoration. Popular radio host on WDBM-FM

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Co-Founder, Arizona Chapter, Tucson (2013-now)
• Collaborating with sportsmen conservationists on new voice for wildlife management. 
Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue, Ambassador, Tucson (2009)
• Selected to help represent Arizona Legislature on diplomatic tour of Turkey.
Santa Rita Park Neighborhood Association, President, Tucson (2000-08)
• Cooperated with neighbors, city, community and business for barrio planning and quality of life.
BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage), Board Member, Tucson (1998-2003)
• Supported diverse community and youth involvement in art, bicycling, air quality & education.
Sierra Club-Rincon Group, Conservation Chair & Exec. Committee, Tucson (2001-02)
• Represented thousands on Southern Arizona conservation and community issues.
Desert Restoration Task Force, Ecologist, fed & state/private, AZ, CA, NV, UT (1995-98)
• Prioritized landscape-scale restoration based on science, community & economy; founder.
Desert Protective Council, Board Member, San Diego (1996-98)
• Raised funds and directed conservation relations in the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts.
Desert Tortoise Council, Co-Chair, Board of Directors, AZ, CA, UT, NV (1996-98)
• Represented science-based group in regional land use and wildlife recovery planning.
Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Council, Co-Chair, Tucson (1994-95)
• Appointed to advise city and county governments on transportation and air quality solutions.

Available on request.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Anti-fracking protestors to rally at BLM auction in Reno on Dec 9

NEWS RELEASE: For Immediate Release, December 8, 2014

Contact: Dan Patterson, Center for Biological Diversity, (702) 381-3475
Dawn Harris, Frack-Free Nevada and Nevadans Against Fracking, (775) 443-7180
Jennifer Eisele, Shoshone Paiute Tribes, Duck Valley Indian Reservation, (541) 525-0886
Bob Fulkerson, PLANevada, (775) 843-2218

Anti-fracking Protesters to Rally Outside BLM Auction in Reno 
Coalition Urges BLM to Cancel Lease Sales to Protect Water, Health and Environment

RENO, Nev. – Protesters wearing blue and carrying water jugs will rally outside the U.S. Bureau of Land Management office in Reno on Tuesday morning to protest the auction of fracking leases on public lands. The auction of over 150,000 acres in Lincoln and Nye counties in BLM’s Ely District will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the BLM Nevada State Headquarters building located at 1340 Financial Boulevard in Reno. Frack-Free Nevada and Nevadans Against Fracking, which is organizing the protest, is calling on the BLM to cancel the sale in order to protect water, people, wildlife and quality of life from the dangers of fracking.

The protest will be Tuesday, December 9, from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

“Fracking is a big risk to Nevada’s water, and without adequate clean water, we have nothing,” said Dan Patterson, with the Center for Biological Diversity, a member of the coalition. “The fracking industry wants to get its hands on Nevada, but while they reap profits, our wildlife and water supplies will pay the price. Across the state, from Reno to Austin and Reese River Valley, to Ely, eastern Nevada and Las Vegas, Nevadans want to protect our water, quality of life, lands and wildlife from the fracking push.”

Fracking uses huge volumes of water, mixed with sand and dangerous chemicals, to blast open rock formations and release oil and gas. The controversial technique is being proposed on hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands managed by the BLM across Nevada.

A typical hydraulic fracturing process uses between 1.2 million and 3.5 million gallons of water per well, with large projects using up to 5 million gallons. This water often resurfaces as “flowback,” which is often highly polluted by fracking chemicals as well as radioactive materials from fractured shale.

Fracking has brought environmental and economic problems to rural communities across the country. Accidents and leaks have polluted rivers, streams and drinking water. Regions peppered with drilling rigs have high levels of smog, global warming gases, as well as other airborne pollutants, including potential carcinogens. Rural communities face an onslaught of heavy truck traffic — often laden with dangerous chemicals used in drilling — and declining property values. Wildlife habitat is also fragmented and degraded.

“Fracking is part of a larger problem, a problem where money trumps common sense and we jeopardize our precious water for a few dollars,” said Dawn Harris of Frack-Free Nevada and Nevadans Against Fracking. “Nevada state and local officials should ban fracking to protect our water, as people in places like Denton, Texas and San Benito County, California have done.”

"Nevada’s precious groundwater should not be sacrificed for short term profits of corporations. In our arid desert, groundwater should always trump oil," said Bob Fulkerson of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

Communities directly affected by oil and gas fracking, as a result of these sales, were not alerted by BLM in advance of preparing lease sale.

“Nevada Tribes have a vested interest in protecting our ancestral homelands from being harmed by the oil & gas industry,” said Jennifer Eisele, of the Shoshone Paiute Tribes, Duck Valley Indian Reservation. “We have a spiritual relationship with Mother Earth and it is our duty to protect our natural resources for the future existence of ourselves and descendants. Exploitation of fossil fuels may harm our water quality and damage our agriculture, which is our primary means of economic support.”

“Water is precious in the desert. I’m afraid of fracking chemicals being injected into our groundwater,” said Jennifer Messina of Ely, a retired teacher. “People are working to promote eastern Nevada as a great place to live and visit. All our efforts are lost if fracking poisons our ground.”

“BLM has a mandate to protect the safety of the environment and human health, but both BLM and the oil and gas industry have poor records,” said Dr. Bonnie Eberhardt Bobb of Austin, Nevada, in southern Lander County. “Dangerous fracking fluids could seep in to our groundwater. Disposal of fracking waste by injection in to the ground has also been correlated with increased earthquake activity.”

This summer, Lander County Commissioners objected and filed administrative protests over BLM’s sale of oil and gas fracking leases in Big Smokey Valley. Earlier this fall, the Lander County Water Board unanimously passed a resolution opposing any drilling or fracking in the Middle Reese River Valley, near Austin, due to threats to town water sources.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 800,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. 

Frack-Free Nevada and Nevadans Against Fracking seeks to protect Nevada's precious water, maintain the health and quality of life of Nevada communities, guard our air quality, improve agriculture and ranching, and preserve wildlife.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Op-ed: Nevada wilderness bill is wilderness in name only

Weak, bad political deals jeopardize Wovoka Wilderness.
from High Country News, by Kevin Proescholdt

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is set to take up a deeply flawed Nevada wilderness bill in the lame-duck session. If passed, it would set terrible precedents for all future wilderness bills.

The bill, HR 5205, introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., bundles together seven separate Nevada lands bills, and after being amended by the House Natural Resources Committee, includes “special provisions” never before passed in any previous wilderness bill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrote or co-sponsored two of the separate Senate bills now in the House package, and he may likely try to pass HR 5205 through the Senate while the Senate remains under Democratic control.

Here’s why the bill deserves to go down: Its special provisions weaken the protection and management for the new Nevada wilderness beyond what the already-compromised 1964 Wilderness Act would allow. For example, bulldozers or backhoes would be allowed to build massive concrete water containment structures in wilderness -- so-called “guzzlers” -- to artificially boost wildlife populations beyond what the habitat would otherwise provide. Unlike in every other wilderness, where motor vehicles are prohibited, these manmade guzzlers would likely be serviced in perpetuity by water trucks.

It is true that special provisions are usually supposed to deal only with the wilderness being designated by that particular bill, but the history of wilderness bills shows that such special provisions are often replicated and expanded in subsequent wilderness legislation. Therefore they tend to lead to a corrosion of standards for the entire National Wilderness Preservation System, weakening the very definition of wilderness.

But Nevada’s proposed law contains even worse provisions than the guzzler language; the House bill includes three precedent-setting provisions that have never before been passed Congress in any wilderness bill. These provisions are:

• Motor Vehicle Access for Hunting. HR 5205 would allow anyone claiming any kind of disability the right to drive trucks or motor vehicles into the wilderness for hunting or fishing. This would be a precedent-setting allowance. A similar provision helped sink the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act two years ago, but the House resurrected this terrible precedent in HR 5205.

• Logging for Wildfire Pre-Suppression. The House bill would allow logging roads, logging operations using trucks and heavy equipment, and the clearing of permanent fuel breaks in wilderness for any place that any local, state or federal agency might fear would burn some day. The logging provisions are bad enough, but the ceding of wilderness administration authority from the federal land management agency to a local or state agency is probably worse, and it is something that has never been done before.

• Livestock Grazing. HR 5205 declares that livestock grazing is compatible with wilderness. In one of the many special provision compromises embedded in the 1964 Wilderness Act, the law allowed livestock grazing in some wilderness areas under certain conditions, in places where it had previously existed. But it also treated livestock grazing in general as an incompatible, non-conforming use, subject to management and control by the federal wilderness-administering agency. The House language would turn the past half-century of policy upside-down, declaring livestock grazing as something to be encouraged in wilderness rather than discouraged, and it could open more of the wilderness system to its impacts, even in places where grazing has not previously occurred.

We certainly need to designate more wilderness areas in the West, and I hope we can so designate the 26,000-acre Pine Range Forest Wilderness and the 47,449-acre Wovoka Wilderness Range, but with this caveat: We need clean bills that don’t contain the weakening special provisions and that don’t set destructive precedents.

In this 50th anniversary year of the landmark 1964 Wilderness Act, it would be tragic if the corrosive provisions of HR 5205 were to pass into law and erode the standards of the magnificent National Wilderness Preservation System. Though the House of Representatives has already passed this unfortunate bill, let’s hope the U.S. Senate shows more respect for, and greater understanding of, our wilderness heritage and keeps these precedent-setting special provisions from becoming law.

Kevin Proescholdt is a contributor to Writers on the Range, a column service of High Country News. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the conservation director for Wilderness Watch, a national nonprofit.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Western Governors' Winter Meeting in S. Nevada Dec. 6-7

Gov. Sandoval (R)
LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association will host his colleagues for two days of discussions on regional policy issues, at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.

Topics likely to be discussed include drought, freight transportation, transmission lines, forests and rangeland health, wildfires, energy, and services and programs for veterans.

Although the western governors are all elected public employees, they do not open their meetings to the public. If you want to hear what they have to say, be prepared to pay $500+ just to attend, and sit in a room full of lobbyists and lawyers.

The WGA Winter Meeting is scheduled to begin on Saturday morning, December 6 and conclude by Noon on Sunday, December 7.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nevadans to protest BLM in Reno Dec 9 for no fracking

Stand to protect Nevada's water, wildlife and quality of life.
RENO -- December 9 join Nevadans Against Fracking and Frack Free Nevada in calling on BLM State Director Amy Leuders, Senator Harry Reid, Senator Dean Heller, and President Barack Obama to halt to the lease sales, at the very least until the US Interior Dept. does the needed environmental review and Environmental Impact Statement on the sale of public lands for oil and gas drilling in Nevada.

Stand for your land: Tues. Dec. 9, 7:45-9:15a, BLM, 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno NV. 

Wear blue for clean water. Carry a water jug.
List of public lands at risk in BLM Ely District

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nevada public lands & wildlife tour Nov 17-22

Ruby Mountains, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Nevada
LAS VEGAS -- I'll be on tour this week across Nevada's great public lands, wildlife refuges, forests and parks. I'm also meeting with activists, anglers, tribes, and public lands/wildlife managers. Call 702.381.3475 for info and/or follow @DanPattersonUSA

Mon. Nov 17: Boulder City, Caliente, Pioche, Baker, Great Basin National Park, Ely
Tues. Nov 18: Ely, Elko
Wed. Nov 19: Elko, Battle Mountain, Winnemucca, Lovelock, Reno
Thu. Nov 20: Reno, Carson City, Lake Tahoe
Fri. Nov 21: Fallon, Austin
Sat. Nov 22: Austin, Tonopah, Goldfield, Death Valley National Park, Beatty

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My personal vote recommendations for a stronger Tucson, Pima County & Arizona

Vote early now or at polls Tue Nov 4
TUCSON -- Here are my personal recommendations on how to vote now through Nov. 4 (contested races only):

US Rep: Raul Grijalva
Governor: Fred DuVal
Secretary of State: Terry Goddard
Attorney General: Felecia Rotellini
Superintendent of Public Instruction: David Garcia
Corporation Commissioners: Sandra Kennedy and Jim Holway 
CAP Water Board: Sharon Megdal, Karen Novak Cesare and Wesley Mehl
TUSD School Board: Adelita Grijalva and Betts Putnam-Hidalgo
Prop. 122: NO 
Prop. 303: NO
Prop. 304: NO
Prop. 415: YES
Prop. 420: NO

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Obama Interior Dept. declines to ESA list 2 desert plants

by Joshua Learn, E&E reporter,, Washington DC. 9/23/14

LAS VEGAS -- The US Fish and Wildlife Service has decided not to list two Arizona & Nevada buckwheat plants under the Endangered Species Act.

The agency will publish its findings on the Churchill Narrows buckwheat and the Las Vegas buckwheat in the Federal Register tomorrow.

FWS said stressors including climate change, livestock grazing, invasive species and others were not "causing a decline in the [the Churchill Narrows species], or its habitat, either now or into the future."

In the case of the Las Vegas buckwheat, the findings said that "habitat and individuals have been lost from 62 percent of the historical occurrences" and another 5.5 percent of its remaining habitat will be lost due to development in the future.

"However, we do not anticipate future development to be a threat to the remaining populations because most are on public lands (many of which are in conservation areas) where we do not anticipate similar losses," it added.

Environmentalists said the agency's process had benefited the plants.

"The ESA listing push was needed and positive for Las Vegas and Churchill Narrows buckwheats," said Dan Patterson, an ecologist and public lands campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity. "More resources were dedicated to surveys, discovering new populations."

Patterson added that a slowdown in urban sprawl has helped the plants and provides opportunity for better planning.

The Bureau of Land Management "must carefully manage mining, livestock grazing and off-road vehicles on public lands to ensure survival," he said. "Climate change is also a threat. The center will continue to monitor these rare plants, unique and important pieces of the desert web of life."

The Churchill Narrows and Las Vegas varieties of buckwheat have been candidates for ESA listing since 2004 and 2007, respectively.

The decisions come as part of an agreement FWS signed in 2011 with CBD and WildEarth Guardians to streamline decisions for hundreds of imperiled species.

Taylor Jones of WildEarth Guardians said his organization wasn't involved directly with conservation efforts on the buckwheat plants. But he said the group is "always concerned when the Service denies protection to species they have previously thought warranted for listing -- in this case, not that long ago -- but at least the process is moving forward and there are now many more options for seeking protections for these species in the future.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

What is Nevada US Attorney doing with criminal referrals from BLM? Status of 35 prosecution requests made on April 30th unclear as USDoJ withholds status

Daniel G. Bogden is Pres. Obama's US Attorney for Nevada.
LAS VEGAS — Two weeks after the highly-publicized armed confrontation with renegade rancher Cliven Bundy and self-styled militia supporters, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) filed 35 formal requests for prosecution with the U.S. Attorney in Nevada but all these charges have been held without action, according to records released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The Justice Department is also refusing to release information specifying the specific counts and the individuals named in these criminal referrals.

The cases are listed as active and have been neither accepted nor declined for prosecution during the ensuing four months after BLM filed them. Filed on April 30, 2014, the 35 criminal referrals exceed the number of all other criminal referrals filed by BLM during the rest of the fiscal year, and are five times the greatest number of cases BLM has ever filed in any one month. All are lodged with the U.S. Attorney’s Reno Branch and are assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Rachow. A 36th referral filed by BLM with the Las Vegas Branch on April 10, 2014 is similarly held in secrecy by the U.S. Attorney with no reported action. In a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, U.S. Attorney for Nevada Daniel Bogden said his office “does not sit on criminal referrals from BLM.”

“A criminal referral is the toughest option available to a land management agency like BLM, but that action is toothless if the U.S. Attorney ignores it,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that in the case of Bundy who is operating without a permit, BLM has no administrative options available. “BLM cannot do its job without legal support from the Justice Department.”

In July, PEER released a threat assessment from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concluding that continued inaction is seen as a “perceived victory” by anti-government militias which “will likely inspire additional anti-government violence over the next year.” That assessment also pointed to “the recent murders of two Las Vegas police officers [as] the latest and most severe in a growing trend of anti-government violence.”

Following the mid-April stand-off, no action has been taken against Bundy or militia snipers who targeted law enforcement officers. Bundy’s cattle also continue to graze illegally on national park and range lands.

“Cloaking these cases only adds to the impression that this is a stall, not a deliberative pause,” Ruch added, noting that PEER is already suing BLM to force release of information explaining its actions, including the criminal referrals, the fact that the situation was allowed to fester for years, as well as for the latest numbers of assaults and threats made against its employees. “Tolerating flagrant law-breaking for years is how the present situation festered to fruition. We are apparently repeating the same mistake.”

The case reports cited by PEER are drawn from databases compiled by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) displaying information from Justice Department data-tapes reflecting the criminal workload of U.S. Attorneys offices throughout the 90 federal districts and U.S. territories.