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Supporting Public Lands

Supporting Public Lands

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, July 28, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, marine life, sustainability, environment

         Bears Ears National Monument (credit: US Forest Service)

Support for public lands was highly visible this week, particularly in Salt Lake City, Utah where the outdoor retailing industry was holding their national convention. The New York Times noted the high tech gear and outfitting industry had found its voice in protecting natural landscapes that are utilized by its broad customer base. 

The Conservation Alliance, the environmental organization now representing more than 200 outdoor manufactures, has been especially active in land conservation issues. They have just launched a Public Lands Defense Fund to actively work on protect designated National Monuments, Marine Protected Areas, and other wildlands from commercial development. The goals of the new Fund include:

Defending previous presidents’ National Monument designations; Defending bedrock conservation laws (E.g., Wilderness Act, Antiquities Act, National Environmental Policy Act); and Opposing proposed transfer of federal lands to the states or to private hands.

TCA has received early financial donations from several of their members including a donation announced at the convention from the "animal outfitter", Ruffwear. Even canines now are part of the campaign to protect public lands. 

 

           The Conservation Alliance Receives a Donation for the Public Lands Defense Fund (credit: TCA)

During the convention a march was held (This Land is Your Land) that included diverse speakers and participants who illustrated the broad support for protecting our public lands. One in particularly, the newly designated Bears Ears NM in Southeastern Utah, was celebrated with hats and banners. The new monument is being co-managed by the US Forest Service and Native American tribes who have utilized the desert buttes and canyons for generations as tribal sacred sites.

TCA's Public Lands Defense Fund has received industry donations but individuals can also participate in this effort to protect and conserve landscapes important to everyone. Considering a contribution to this vital program yourself.

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