I hunt, fish and recreate on Arizona's public lands
every year, and I depend on the effective management of big game habitat on these lands.
more evident than in the American West and on the federal public lands,
prized public lands, the Center for Natural Resources &
"Public lands don't care how much money you made last year.
Though numerous wildlife organizations existed, no one was focused on public lands or public waters.
For decades, I have observed the poor landless families in Rajanpur Punjab, clearing public land
around the river, which is flooded in summer, to cultivate in the fall and winter.
Davis begins by dramatically calling attention to the vast amount of public land in the United States -- almost thirty-seven percent of total land mass.
The economic argument is particularly compelling; the book cites "meticulously calculated ROI studies" from the Trust for Public Land, indicating that the ROI for state land acquisition programs ranges from 400 to 1,100 percent.
BHA focuses on ensuring outdoorsmen have access to public lands and waters, the habitat is primed for wildlife to thrive and fair-chase principles are upheld by focusing on education and advocacy.
"It's about keeping public lands in public hands," BHA President and CEO Land Tawney says.
In fact, communities such as Bend with public lands nearby perform better in several key economic factors than those without public lands, making the federal government's attack on national public lands feel like an attack on the success of mountain communities like ours.
If Secretary Zinke listens to these local voices, I'm confident he will see that attempts to remove protections for public lands will hurt the health and economic success of communities throughout Oregon and the U.S.