What’s at stake for us?
National public lands are the property of all Americans. For the vast majority of us, our ability to recreate outdoors depends on public lands. In fact, over 95 percent of Westerners used public lands in the last year. We live and work near these lands because of the wonderful benefits they provide. If these lands were transferred to states or private entities, all this could be lost, and along with it, our national identity.
The prized family road trip to visit our treasured national parks could be a thing of the past. The annual elk hunt that you have gone on with your father for years could stop with your generation. Your favorite camping spot could be closed to public access.
These stories are not just a bad dream. There are powerful forces trying seize America’s public lands and the consequences are real. The seizure of public lands stands as the single biggest threat to our outdoor recreation, a large part of our economy, and our cherished way of life.