National Parks & Public Land
I’ve been one lucky SOB, I have had the joy of having plenty of private land to hunt and play on all my life. I have taken for granted my unrestricted access to land for all types of things and really never gave any thought to public land because it’s never even come up in conversations. Over the last few years I have started to visit some of our national parks and these experiences have really opened my eyes to the importance of our public lands. We are truly a very lucky country to have such beautiful places to go and enjoy the outdoors. Last year we visited Custer State Park in South Dakota and I immediately fell in love with the place. It’s an amazing place that is in my opinion is a priceless treasure. There is so much beauty there and just being out in the park feels like a connection to nature that you miss in our normal busy lives. Seeing the animals, the mountains, and the lakes is something that we are going to have to continue to fight to keep. Those lands are ours and we are so fortunate to have them.
Lately I have been listening to the Meat Eater podcast and there have been a few shows discussing the topic. The show that really made me understand it was Meat Eater Podcast Episode 062 I’d encourage everyone to listen and understand what is going on with our public lands.Steve Rinella brings in real facts and people with knowledge of the subject that you just won’t hear from on the TV. There are other shows that he has guests from the park service on and I recommend them as well. Steve (a hunter) has done more for conservation and education than anyone I know on the subject. You don’t have to hunt at all to enjoy these podcasts I can assure you of that.
The reality is it boils down to money, big corporations lobby the government to get the land so they can get access to the minerals and other valuable resources. These lands are untouched so it’s easier to pull resources from them. That’s what is all boils down to. What can you do? Go here: http://www.trcp.org and make your voice heard.