Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sportsmen—Hang On To Public Land Access

Public lands are unique to America and make America unique. It was because of the foresight of a previous generation of leaders, Muir and T. Roosevelt, that we have these opportunities today. They faced many of the same challenges we face today, from the same factions with the same dialog. They're back again and will try to move quickly and disguise what is actually happening. Don't be fooled. 

From the group leading the charge, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

"In 1912, Roosevelt said, “There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” While in the political arena, he succeeded in making conservation a top-tier national issue. T.R. had the foresight to address these issues still so significant to sportsmen today, understanding that if we want to safeguard critical habitat, productive hunting grounds, and favorite fishing holes for future generations, we must plan carefully today."

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Turns Out, Common Ground is Common Ground – Trump and Non-Trump Voters Agree

trump and non-trump voters agree on public land
Madison County, Montana (Creative Commons license)
You suspected it might be true, but now there's proof. Article excerpted in it's entirety, access the complete article here:

"Respondents in western states want land protected, access for recreation, oppose increased fossil fuel development 

Updated to include response from Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev.

If bitter political fighting is tearing your Facebook feed apart at the seams, take heart. There’s at least one issue that does more to unite than divide voters in the western United States; public lands.

Polling from seven western states shows Democrats, Republicans and independent voters have similar interests when it comes to federally managed public land. The poll, conducted through the Colorado College State of the Rockies project and led by Democratic and Republican consultants, measured the attitudes of voters in Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. And the results showed that, despite the volume of political vitriol on social media, most people who responded want the same thing.

“The overwhelming sentiment voters are expressing is wanting to protect and preserve public lands,” said David Metz, the Democratic pollster on the project.

“It was more striking where we saw agreement than where we saw big differences,” Republican pollster Lori Weigel said."

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