You. Me. We. Collectively and proudly, we own the most beautiful, productive, enviable acreage in the world. We love, patronize and, hopefully, defend our public lands. We know the quality of our lives would be greatly diminished without the practical and spiritual touchstone of our public lands. For some of us, this privilege is right out our front door. This heritage is a uniquely American concept … but are we doing enough to protect and ensure the enduring joy and benefits of our public lands?
Recently an Idaho Congressman (initials R.L.) cast a “no” vote to ban federal money from being used to transfer public land to private ownership … yet another in a series of stalled, but serious, skirmishes to undermine or give away our legacy. Is he representing or supporting our outdoor kinship and lifestyle values? Which “green” appeals to you: The lasting color and diversity of public lands or the greedy monoculture of private ownership and development?
Sept. 30 is Public Lands Day. Whether you spend the day hunting, hiking, cutting firewood or planning your next outing, please reserve a sunny moment to think about the importance of public land to you and your community — and then contact your regional, state and congressional representatives with a clear, firm message: Don’t Mess With My Public Lands.