A Call to Action: H.R. 621

 

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Right now, your public lands are under siege. Sounds dramatic, I know, but it’s the truth.  H.R. 621 is a bill that has been introduced to the House of Representatives by Utah representative Jason Chaffetz that will, if passed, allow the federal government to sell off 3.3 MILLION acres of public lands (which, by the way, belong to YOU and ME) all across Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming to private companies, who could then extort the land in whatever way they wish- drilling, clear cutting, running out the wildlife- even just fencing it off, making the land no longer accessible to us.

Our little valley in Montana is bordered on both sides by incredible public lands- specifically, OUR incredible public lands. People here spend a large part of their time out in the public lands around us, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, kayaking and canoeing, swimming, and basking in the amazingness of the natural world around us, and I know a lot of you do too.

A large part of our community relies on these lands to fill their freezers each hunting season, and provide hard won sustenance for their families for the entire year. Public lands don’t just provide us with entertainment and enjoyment- for some, it’s their bread and butter (or rather, elk and venison). I know we aren’t all as close to our public lands as I am, but consider this: if this bill were to pass, it might not affect YOUR lands this year, or even next year, but it opens the door for the government to sell off every little bit of public lands we have left- someday. And eventually, this will affect you too.

Don’t let someone else fight this battle. If you love your lands, don’t hesitate. Contact your representatives TODAY. Remind them that their job is to represent the people, and you (the people) DO NOT support the privatization of YOUR public lands.

Contact your House Representative: http://bit.ly/2jn1bwc

Contact your Senate Representative: http://bit.ly/2jn1KWE

 

Teddy Roosevelt, who made it his life’s mission to protect federal lands for the people and for their future said it best:

“Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us, and training them into a better race to inhabit the land and pass it on. Conservation is a great moral issue for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation.”
 
“Let me add that the health and vitality of our people are at least as well worth conserving as their forests, waters, lands, and minerals, and in this great work the national government must bear a most important part.”  

 

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Anyone is absolutely welcome to use my ‘No on HR 261’ image to promote awareness on any social media platform. If you have time though, you can make it personal by making YOUR OWN version, and sharing why public lands are important to you. There are tons of free apps you can use to overlay font on your own photos of your favorite public lands. I used the free app Font Candy to make my mine. The text is written over Camas Lake, one of my favorite spots in the Bitterroot Mountains.

 

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