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Don’t sell lands to highest bidder

The following letter to the editor was recently published in the Durango Herald here.
The idea of transferring ownership of federal lands to the states has been around since the days of Teddy Roosevelt.
Today, certain radicalized members of Congress, supported by special interest groups, are once again salivating over the prospect of state control. The proponents of the Disposal of Excess Federal Lands Act, along with other similar legislative proposals, now have a majority in the Senate and are trying to sell their poisonous agenda.
The problem with giving states control over vast expanses of public land is that the states could never afford to maintain them and would be forced to sell them off. In 2012 alone, the cost to fight fires in Colorado was $92 million. Unlike Europe and much of the world, America is blessed with millions of acres of public land that can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of income or social stature. More than 70 percent of hunters and anglers rely on access to public lands as does our $640 billion outdoor recreation economy.
Perhaps those dopey ideologues, who favor selling our outdoor heritage to a privileged few, should sail back to England, fall to their knees and pledge allegiance to the king. Those of us who value freedom will continue to fight the treasonous notion of selling our American birthright to the highest bidder!
Tom Sykes

Colorado BHA Rendezvous - June 5-7

Colorado BHA Friends,

The Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers 7th annual Rendezvous (& Browns Canyon National Monument celebration) is scheduled for June 5-7, 2015. We’ll be setting up camp in the San Isabel National Forest west of Salida/Poncha Springs (see Maps 1 & 2 below for detailed directions) and have reserved a group camping area (known locally as the “goat wadi”) for the weekend.

For a PDF or print-out of this announcement, click here.


[Directions (also see more detailed MAP 2 below): From the East, drive towards Monarch Pass, past Salida. Go through Poncha Springs and head toward Maysville. You will see a yellow house on the right and River Suites cabins. Go another 1.5 to 2 miles west and watch for a dirt road on the right near a curve. That’s County Road 224. Follow CR 224 for around 1.5 miles, past the ranch on the left, and the Rendezvous site will be on the right.]

Rally with Colorado Sportsmen for Your Public Lands

CO RallyPoster 2What: Rally for Public Lands

When:  12:00PM Wednesday, Feb. 25th

Where: West Steps, Colorado State Capitol, Denver

Who: Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Trout Unlimited, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and Colorado Wildlife Federation

Why: Join your fellow Colorado sportsmen and women at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver to oppose transferring millions of acres of national public lands to the state. Sportsmen know that they will lose access and opportunity if lands owned by all Americans are transferred to individual states. Sportsmen need to speak up and say NO to a public lands transfer.

Join us at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25th, on the West steps of the State Capitol.

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We'll be hosting a reception at Stoney's Bar & Grill immediately following the event.  Join us for beers, gear giveaways and more. 

For more information on the foolish, but growing efforts to wrest public lands away from public ownership, check out this report.

Cant make it, but still interested in helping?  Tell your elected officials to stop the public land sell-off by signing the Sportsman's Pledge here.

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