Join organizations like Nevada Conservation League, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, businesses like Patagonia, and others in keeping America’s public lands in Nevada in public hands – a key part of the Nevada Blueprint!
Every American citizen owns stock in 640 million acres of federal public lands. We hire public servants to manage our precious assets for maximum return. For decades, we’ve taken these sizable holdings for granted, assuming they’re in good hands.
But we’ve let the fossil fuel industry into the boardroom. We’re allowing gas and mining companies to boss around our elected officials….
They cloak all this in an argument for states’ rights, but that’s baloney. What right do the states have to assert control over land owned by every American citizen? Selling public lands has been item No. 1 on Big Oil’s agenda for a long time. It’s a theft of valuable property owned by all of us.
Public lands already get used for drilling and mining and grazing and other kinds of development, which makes good sense. But some places are simply too exceptional to put at risk. That’s why both political parties have long placed trust in our federal agencies to make appropriate decisions about the best use for our lands. It’s not a perfect system, but it works pretty well. (Read more)
-Yvon Chouinard, Mar 9, 2017: ‘Keep Public Lands in Public Hands’