Our Public Lands are Under Attack

 

Our public lands – millions of acres of forests, mountains, rivers, and plains – are a part of who we are. Right now, powerful special interests and their political allies 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 a few 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. In the last year, this issue has moved from western state legislatures to U.S. Congress, where some members are determined to transfer or outright sell off our nation's public lands.


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.