The Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness Area, Montana.
Sept. 23, 2016
Chris Hunt: Trout Unlimited National Communications Director (208) 406-9106
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Trout Unlimited launches digital report: We are Public Lands
Interactive report shows importance of public lands to the people who use them
SACRAMENTO, Calif.The United States has 640 million acres of public lands that belong to every man, woman and child lucky enough to call themselves Americans. Today, that birthright is under threat from private special interests that want to sell them off under the guise of transferring them to the states.
In honor of National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, Trout Unlimited is releasing a new digital report that focuses on Americas public lands and the people who use them, as well as the effort to transfer and sell these lands to the highest bidder.
The truth is that the distance between the effort to transfer public lands and to sell them is very short, TU President and CEO Chris Wood writes in the report. Many of the states that would manage these lands have already sold significant portions of their formerly public state land to the highest seller. And we, as a country, have nothing to gain by such actions.
The interactive digital report, We are Public Lands, shows importance of public lands to the American people. The report is part of a larger project Thirty Days of Public Lands a months worth of original content on the TU website to honor Americas connection to these that lands all citizens own. Thirty Days of Public Lands includes features from across the country, including short pieces from well-known writers and conservationists, videos profiling some of the most avid public land users, photos and a chance for readers and viewers to tell Congress why public lands matter to them.
Also, as part of the launch, TU is releasing its latest short film, Birthright, which focuses on the people who use public lands and the effort to keep these lands in common ownership today, and for generations to come. Trout Unlimited is the nations oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization. Boasting nearly 160,000 members from coast to coast, TUs mission is to conserve and protect North Americas trout and salmon, and their watersheds. Follow TU on Facebook and Twitter, @TroutUnlimited on Instragram, and on our blog.
We are Public Lands: http://bit.ly/2dh0HFt
Thirty Days of Public Lands: http://www.tu.org/connect/groups/30-days-of-public-lands