Heartbeat of the County
Lake Lavon and the Bureau of Land Management
You may recall that in April, the court considered an invitation from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to become a Cooperating Agency in the update of the Regional Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) being conducted on the 40,000 acres of federal land around Lake Lavon. The court voted to sign the MOU, with a one word revision. We wanted to change 'Cooperating' Agency to 'Participating' Agency.
The court welcomed the opportunity to have a seat at the table and participate in the study process, but had concerns about how the term Cooperating Agency might be used to imply our approval of objectionable outcomes or policies.
Last week we received the BLM's response to this one word revision of the MOU. It is summarized in the statement that 'Participating' Agency is "... not recognized under the laws and guidance by which the BLM ... extended the Cooperating Agency status invitation to Collin County, Texas." In other words, we can have a seat at the table as long as it is in absolute compliance with their terminology. This goes along with other language in the documents that I believe would be used to orchestrate the process to achieve the results that the BLM desires, regardless of what the court believes is in the best interests of Collin County.
After seeing what the BLM has done elsewhere in the country, I did not want the county to be co-opted by the BLM and I'm happy to report that the court voted unanimously not to sign the MOU. Of course this does not solve the problem. The BLM will still conduct its study and will make sure the results support whatever agenda they favor. We must all remain vigilant in our support of Texas' sovereignty and our personal property rights.