We at MOF occasionally write for other outlets and linking to some of our more MOFish content elsewhere on the web.
Here is a piece on Trout Unlimited’s website from a couple of years ago when the fight for our public lands was just ramping up.
Public lands are the symbol of the things we as a nation have managed to get right. We are a nation of explorers and adventurers. We believe in freedom and we deserve it. We need these vast public spaces to find ourselves, to journey and to test ourselves. We need these places not just as people or westerners or sportsmen, we need them as Americans. We have pioneered from the edges of space to the depths of the ocean, just as our ancestors pushed across this vast continent. The men and women who pioneered these lands, farmed and ranched and hunted and bled and died for them knew their value.