Julie Cart LA Times report today on a sad story at the Carrizo Plain National Monument in southern California. US Bureau of Land Management Monument Manager, Marlene Braun (below) killed herself after over a year of political harrassment from her boss, Ron Huntsinger.of the
Bush officials and BLM managers favored continued heavy livestock production on the monument, pushing to rollback conservation and management gains of the last decade, and attacking Braun for doing her duty to protect monument natural resources.
‘She was able to keep the grazing off the bottom land for the last four years. It was an amazing achievement compared to what had happened before it was a monument.’ Irv McMillan, a longtime cattleman and friend of Marlene Braun, seen below.
The tale of Marlene Braun's suicide is a sad and angering story of hostile ranchers and government hatchet men attacking public scientists and land managers.
BLM's Ron Huntsinger, seen below outside his Bakersfield office, should at least be fired, and prosecuted if any of his actions were illegal.
Let his boss, Mike Pool, know your feelings, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Huntsinger at email@example.com.
all photos from latimes.com