Conservation - February 1, 2017

Keep It Public and Oppose HR 621

By Adam Parr

One of the main reasons I was originally drawn to the western United States and why I ultimately made the move to Colorado, was the virtually endless amounts of public land available for hunting and outdoor recreation. I can literally walk out of my door and in a matter of minutes, I can step foot onto public land, owned by all of us, as American citizens. In my two short years of living in Colorado, I have spent hundreds (maybe thousands) of hours hunting, hiking, fishing, camping, and exploring these beautiful areas that are comprised of public land.

As I sit here tonight writing this article, I’m scared. Right now, happening today, there are people that are trying to take away public lands with the introduction of bill H.R 621 and if it indeed passes, this property will be sold to private individuals and will be forever lost. These are the same public lands that I’ve come to love and enjoy throughout the years, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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My 2016 elk hunting season would not have been possible without public land access. #KeepItPublic

Take Action Now

This bill introduction is a slippery slope and if we don’t nip this in the bud today, who knows what our public lands will look like in the coming years for future generations to enjoy. Here is what YOU can do to help put a stop to this madness:

Contact Your Local House Representative

Click on the link above and enter your zip code to pull up contact information for the representative in your district. Send him/her an email or make a phone call to urge them to oppose H.R. 621 which proposes the sale of federal lands.

Contact Your State Senate Representative

Click on the link above and select your state from the drop-down menu to pull up contact information for your state senators. Send him/her (both parties) an email or make a phone call to urge them to oppose H.R. 621 which proposes the sale of federal lands.

Join Forces with BHA and TRCP

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) and Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) are great organizations who are on the front lines of protecting our public land heritage. Both groups unite and amplify the voice of the American sportsmen to ensure that public lands stay in public hands. If you can join or donate today, your dollars will help fight the fight and will keep you informed of current news and information pertaining to the lands we love.

Keep Public Lands In Public Hands

If I woke up tomorrow and all of our public lands were gone and sold off to private wealthy individuals, it would be a sad day for me and many others in this great nation. There is no other country in the world who has public land access like we do and I want to ensure that future generations will have the same opportunity to enjoy public soil for many, many years to come. A life without public lands isn’t much of a life at all, at least for me. Do your part today to get involved, stay informed, and make your voice heard! Keep public lands in public hands.

#KeepItPublic #PublicLandOwner #PublicLandsProud

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