The idea of Public Lands Is Under Attack
Our public lands – millions of acres of forests, mountains, rivers, and plains – are a part of who we are. Right now, a group of powerful special interests are waging an aggressive campaign to sell off public lands in the west. They want to see our national lands privatized for short-term gain, at the expense of our shared American inheritance. This public land heist threatens hundreds of millions of acres of national forests, rangelands, wildlife refuges, parks, wilderness areas, and historic sites, but it also threatens the fundamental American notion that our public lands belong to everyone.
They exist for the good of all, not the profit of a few.
Public Lands: Where Our Adventures Happen
Owned by the people, for the people
The public land heist is the brainchild of the special interests, including the American Lands Council, a group dedicated to unraveling the core policy that keeps our public lands owned by the people, for the people.
Backed by wealthy private interests who put profit above people, the group is pitching legislation that aims to dispose of our shared public lands to state governments and private entities. The catch is, when a state owns land, it no longer belongs to the public. It can be sold off, developed, exploited, or turned into private real estate. States have no obligation to involve the public in these decisions. Last year, 35 bills were introduced to seize and sell off public lands in 11 western states – and now these issues are moving to Congress and even the presidential campaigns.
Imagine if the places you like to hike, climb, paddle, ski, bike, fish, hunt, or camp were suddenly sold so that a state government could fix a hole in its budget. That would be a terrible loss. Our public lands support a vibrant recreation economy and millions of jobs. More importantly, our shared enjoyment of American land is a way of life for our generation and the next.
We need your voice.
Not just another petition: Your signature matters
The majority of Americans want to keep public lands in public hands, but most policymakers have been slow to speak out against the land heist. Until they hear from their constituents, policymakers won't spend political capital to fight this issue. Their reluctance to engage has enabled this idea to gain traction in Congress and state capitols. Until their constituents speak out and express their support for our public lands, most policymakers will keep their heads down.
Simply put, public lands haven’t been an idea that has needed defending until now. This petition is the first and most important step to show policymakers that voters support our public lands.
Millions of Americans visit public lands each year to bike, camp, climb, and explore. We all need places we can go to unwind from the stress of everyday life, reconnect with our families, and recharge. Our stunning National Parks, National Forests, and BLM lands support healthy families, millions of jobs, and a thriving outdoor recreation economy. If state governments seize public lands, we will lose public access, public ownership, and the public process on these distinctly American places. These lands are our shared American inheritance—let's keep them public.
Join The Effort On Social To #ProtectPublicLands
Join in the effort to share what you love about public lands on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ProtectPublicLands. And check out below who is posting about this issue — professional athletes, big companies, small companies, and people who are just passionate about adventure. Share your thoughts and have your say
The Hero Team
The following organizations and businesses are committed to keeping public lands in public hands. If you are an outdoor business or nonprofit, and wish to be added to the list of supporters, please email Tania.