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Public lands in public hands – exposing greedy land-grabbers and fighting privatization
Public Lands in Public Hands
Public lands provide limitless opportunities to experience everything from majestic red rock canyons to ancient sequoia groves, vast mountain wildernesses, and the stunning Sagebrush Sea. Many of these areas are protected from development as National Parks, Monuments, Forests and Wilderness Areas, providing the last remaining places for clean water and air, and homes to a remarkable diversity of wildlife, birds, and fish.
Unfortunately, exploitation and privatization of the commons is as old as the West, and protection of, and public access to, these lands is not assured. Wealthy, entrenched interests are lobbying their friends in Congress, pressuring federal agencies, and supporting the message of radicals like the Bundy family that they are the rightful owners of public lands and can do with them as they see fit.
We can’t stand by and let this happen. Guardians works to expose the efforts of greedy land-grabbers to keep public lands where they belong: in public hands.
Public Lands in Public Hands Key Strategies
- Stopping Underhanded Trades
- Challenging State Seizures
- Fighting One-Sided Deals
- Protecting National Monuments
Guardians defends the rights of all Americans to preserve national monuments for future generations. We are committed to fighting monument reductions from the president and Congress.
Public lands privatization schemes are alive and well in the U.S., but most Americans don’t know about them. Our report aims to change that and to raise awareness of the many proposals that threaten to rob us all, parcel by parcel, of public lands.
How You Can Help
Help protect the magnificent wild places of the West! Be a guardian for public lands by joining the conversation, learning about current issues, and making your voice heard. Together, we’re a powerful force for nature.
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