Today is National Public Lands Day, a day worthy of recognition.
After years of attacks on the very concept of public lands by a well-funded effort to fleece the American citizenry or our public lands heritage, the threat to the places we hunt and fish feels more concrete and close.
The attack on our public lands has intensified. Those dedicated to wresting the places we hunt and fish from the hands of hard-working Americans have moved their attacks from state legislatures to the halls of congress. They take every opportunity to run down our National Forest and BLM lands. Disparaging the management of our American public places is a tactic to buoy their transfer argument.
There is vast evidence to show that a transfer will not be good for hunting, fishing or outdoor recreation.
In Idaho, a high-dollar driven shooting club is trying to get an exclusive lease on a piece of state-owned land.
The threat is real and unless sportsmen stand for our public lands, we may lose them.