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“He’s definitely one who’s not afraid — just look at his military background,” said Steve Moyer of the group Trout Unlimited.
Our public land is something we don’t take for granted in Wyoming.
Here, every fall, sportsmen and women head for these public lands seeking adventure and the opportunity to stock our freezers and create memories (some that even hang on our walls.)
But hikers, snowmobilers, anglers, OHVers, and campers also depend on access to healthy public lands for their pursuits. Generations of families have established traditions reliant on access to our public land treasures.
So when they are threatened and at risk by land transfer bills, we don’t sit idly by.
Tasha Sorensen of Trout Unlimited is also encouraging people to attend the meeting to shut down the bill before it appears before the 2017 Legislature, which convenes Jan. 10.
Her organization supports a public lands initiative between conservation groups and the Wyoming County Commissioners Association that addresses Wilderness Study Areas. The areas have been in a holding pattern for decades because Congress won’t either designate them as official wilderness areas or release them as regular public lands.
She’s trying to educate the public that the initiative could be good for Wyoming. But the constitutional amendment is unacceptable because the threat of privatization of the lands, which belong to all Americans.
“When we think the federal agencies are doing a poor job managing the federal public lands, it’s disheartening that they don’t have the budgets to manage public lands,” she said. “And that’s where the solution is.”
Tasha Sorensen, Trout Unlimited's Wyoming Sportsmen's Conservation Project field representative, said Trout Unlimited would not support the bill because of its appeal to people across the nation.
"I think people moved to Wyoming because of public lands," she said. "We depend on these lands for hunting, angling and recreation. I was raised on public land and that's where I raised my kids."
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