In the midst of the ridiculous scene unfolding at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, bigger, darker, and more intelligent forces are working to give away our public lands.
Our public lands, our National Forests, our Wildlife Refuges, our National Parks, our Wild and Scenic Rivers, these are cherished and revered places across the Northwest. They provide so many different values for so many different people and communities. However, consistent efforts driven by the oil and gas industry to give away these lands are gaining traction and need to be met with staunch opposition from the communities that love and thrive off these public treasures.
The recent occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by militant extremists is part of this movement to give away our public lands. With these lands ceded to local control, all semblances of science-based management and conservation will be replaced with aggressive resource extraction at the cost of our local communities, our economies, clean water, and recreation.
The actions of these extremists is being capitalized upon by industry and their political puppets, and proposals continue to be rolled out to blatantly steal these lands from the American people.
Stand up for our Public Lands, and Loudly Voice your Support!
Contact your local representatives, your mayors, your city council members, tell them you support public lands and that your community should as well. Public rallies are being planned across the Pacific Northwest in communities big and small across Oregon and Washington. Make signs, break out the costumes, let us hear your high school marching band tuba! It is time to show this nation how we feel about our public forests, mountains, and rivers.