Nick Lund: January 10, 2017

NEW SOLUTIONS FOR ENERGY DEVELOPMENT NEAR NATIONAL PARKS 

HOW LOCALS ARE GUIDING DEVELOPMENT ON PUBLIC LANDS THROUGH THE USE OF MASTER LEASING PLANS

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Nick Lund

Senior Manager for Landscape Conservation, NPCA

Master Leasing Plans arose as a solution to a difficult problem: how to balance national park protection, outdoor recreation economies, and energy development throughout the Southwest? The answer is to let the locals decide. When representatives from the conservation, outdoor recreation, and sportsmen communities come together with industry before leases are offered, they can work together to figure out where energy development should and should not go.

This Moab MLP is the most high-profile of the bunch, and in this case, it was agreed that leasing next to the park would cause too much harm to the strong local economy, and have consequently decided to close or create no-surface-occupancy on more than 450,000 acres within the MLP. However, leasing is still allowed on 82 percent of the planning area, it’s just located in such a way as to keep impacts away from national parks, trails, and other important resources.

On January 10th, Nick Lund will be available for interviews to discuss how energy development near national parks should be conducted. He will explain why the Moab Master Leasing Plan is the gold standard for guiding development of public lands and how the seventeen other Master Leasing Plans currently in review can benefit from this example.

More About Nick Lund:

Nick Lund is the NPCA’s Senior Manager for Landscape Conservation. His focus is on preventing harm to national parks from oil and gas development and infrastructure. He works to ensure that legislative efforts to open up national parks to fossil fuel development are defeated, and to work with federal land managers to ensure the protection America’s national park air, water, wildlife, as well as the natural experience enjoyed by millions of annual visitors. Nick has been working at NPCA since 2011, after graduating from the University of Maine School of Law and spending a yearlong fellowship at the Sea Grant Ocean and Coastal Law Center in Oxford, Mississippi.

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