The threat of losing our public lands looms large.
It grows, passing like wildfire through halls of Congress and state capitols, spreading its invasive rhetoric in our communities. People with soft hands and expensive suits tell us:
“It’s just transfer. It’s not like we’re selling them.”
It’s not just transfer. And it is a big deal.
The truth is that the distance between the effort to “transfer” public lands and to sell them is very short. Many of the states that would manage these lands have already sold significant portions of their, now, former public state land to the highest seller. And we, as a country and as avid sportsmen and women, have nothing to gain by such actions.
We have nothing to gain. And everything to lose.
Which is why Trout Unlimited is diligently focused on mobilizing hunters and anglers to fight back against those who want to take away our public lands.
To date, we have defeated dozens of efforts to sell or transfer our birthright. From state legislatures to federal legislation, Trout Unlimited has been engaged. But the threats keep coming, and from the looks of it, the fight is far from over.
Which is why we need you. We need your voice, your action, your attention. We need your time, your passion.
Give what you can.
Public lands are part of what define us as Americans. Our forebears left these lands to us, not so we could sell them to the highest bidder. They left them to us as an heirloom to pass on intact to the next generation. These lands are our birthright. And we don’t plan on giving that up anytime soon.