Sending Office: Honorable Jared Polis
Sportsmen, Recreational Enthusiasts, Outdoor Industries and Conservationists all agree: PASS POLIS Amendment #76
Supporting Organizations: Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Trout Unlimited, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Outdoor Industry Alliance, Outdoor Alliance, Access Fund, Public Land Solutions, American Whitewater, International
Mountain Biking Association, Winter Wildlands Alliance, Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting and Outdoors (HECHO), the Wilderness Society, Defenders of Wildlife, League of Conservation Voters (LCV), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Sierra Club
Please join Rep. Polis in sending a strong message to those who are attempting to sell, develop, and decimate our country’s unparalleled public lands and waters: we won’t do it!
My amendment would prohibit the the use of funds to seek extralegal paths or venues to transfer or sell our public lands. The amendment would
maintain every currently held congressional and administrative authority to sell or exchange lands. My amendment instead prohibits, for example, using additional funds to commission a study to find extralegal avenues to sell federally-owned
Public lands not only ensure the perpetual preservation of our national heritage and the history of our country, they are an economic giant and are essential for hunting, fishing, biking, hiking, camping, skiing, and wealth of additional outdoor activities
we all enjoy.
In a recent poll taken across six western states, 96 percent of Americans polled reported that the protection of our public lands for future generations is one of their top priorities and that maintaining access to these lands should be a primary focus of
the federal governments.
At a practical level, states don’t have the resources to suddenly take on the responsibility for managing vast federal lands. Selling these lands to states – or worse – to private owners or purveyors would undoubtedly lead to a loss of access to these majestic,
treasured spaces and would destroy jobs across the country. Public lands support industries that generate over $646 billion dollars annually and create over 6 million jobs nationwide.
Despite the economic and cultural reasons for protecting public lands, campaigns have been sprouting up to sell off these public lands, and some members of this body are trying to sell our lands to the highest bidder.
Congress needs to act by sending a strong and incontrovertible message that it is not our intent to sell off any public lands extralegally, and we will actively stop anyone who tried to do so. . These lands have always been all of our lands, and we must
continue to protect them for future generations.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Blaine Miller-McFeely in Rep. Polis’s office at 5-2161 or
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