PUBLIC LANDS: Have you been paying attention?

PUBLIC LANDS
Have you been paying attention?




Last month, Doug Lamborn voted YES to a bill that, according to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP), would turn over vast swaths of our country’s National Forests to states in an effort to circumvent the laws that ensure that recreation and conservation values are protected. This bill, H.R. 3650, prioritizes logging over all of the other values that our public lands provide, and could even pave the way for privatization of some of our public lands’ most iconic places.

As a Colorado Springs fly-fishing shop owner and outfitter with more than 30 years in the industry, I think I qualify as a “real sportsman.” I also think I know a little bit about the value of our public lands in Colorado. That’s why I spoke at a recent rally at the capitol in Denver (organized by Colorado sportsmen, not radical outsiders) to tell lawmakers to keep their hands off our public lands.

For generations of Colorado hunters and anglers, public lands have been a source of recreation and renewal. Many Coloradans choose to live here because of the rich outdoor experiences provided by special places like Browns Canyon and Hermosa Creek. In short, our public lands provide incredible access and outdoors opportunity to hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationists of all kinds.

Do federal agencies do a perfect job of managing these lands? Of course not. But we should be encouraging local, state, and federal agencies to better communicate and coordinate on managing public lands—not wasting taxpayer dollars on frivolous studies that invariably show these land grab proposals to be uneconomical and unconstitutional.

The question: Should we turn over National Forest Lands to local state control?

Check out the facts HERE and decided for yourself.

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