He is now stating that a small piece of state land being enveloped within a proposed wilderness area in northern New Mexico will cause a reduction in revenues for the Permanent Fund. What B.S. The area is already designated as the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.
That 1250 acres is providing maybe $1000 a year in grazing fees. If there are any mineral properties under the land worth spit, they would have been developed long ago. In my estimation that 1250 acres being protected as a small part of a larger area, will produce more revenue than anything else through added tourism. Oh, and the cowboys can still run their cattle in there. And the state will be able to swap out the land for other federal lands.
So Dunn is doing what rightwing republicans in the west normally do, they are screaming the sky is falling when it is not. This Commissioner has the vision of a brick wall.