Dear Editor,

I am a retired environmental specialist and I have been a Nevada resident for more than 35 years. 

During that time, I have immensely enjoyed working, exploring and recreating in the outback of Nevada, where more than 80% of the lands are public and offer year-round open access. 

These lands abound with wildlife and untouched natural resources and I want to protect and preserve them for the present and future. The president, the current administration, and many in congress do not feel that way. 

And, they want to eliminate and/ or minimize laws and regulations, which for years have given protection to many wildlife species and the unique natural resources of the state.

Such important laws as the Endangered Species Act (ESA) , the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act are currently under direct attack. And, they are in serious danger of being deregulated or eliminated by greedy politicians who care little or nothing about our beautiful state or the unique situation we enjoy by having total access to these public lands and their natural resources. 

If you feel the same way that I do, please let your politicians in Washington know right away.

Joe Ratliff

Winnemucca