From famous landmarks to hidden backcountry, our public lands are the pride of the nation. Our forests, mountains, deserts, and plains support millions of jobs and help keep our air and water clean and healthy. They’re where we go to find inspiration, adventure, and a connection to the American story.
More people than ever before are discovering public lands as a place to reconnect with nature—and each other. Yet in spite of the growing importance of these shared spaces to families from all walks of life, public lands are facing an unprecedented threat. Powerful politicians are working in statehouses and the halls of Congress to convert public property to private profit.
The lands we share are under attack from all sides.
- Federal legislation proposes the transfer of public lands to individual states—who could auction them off to the highest bidder.
- State legislation looks to expand drilling, mining, and logging on public lands—closing them off to other users.
- In states where voters have approved taxpayer dollars specifically for conservation, officials are instead using the money for other programs.
- Politicians are threatening to dismantle the nation’s most important source of conservation funding, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
If these efforts succeed, the damage may be irreversible.
... or private profit?
It's time to stand up for public lands.
The special interests behind these efforts are powerful—but we’re not giving up. In our 40 years in conservation, The Trust for Public Land has helped communities across the country protect the places they care about most. We’ve seen people of all political stripes rally to defend the natural resources we all share. And we believe this agenda to dismantle our public lands is out of step with the needs of everyday Americans.
If you agree, take action now. Here's how you can help:
Across the country, in local and state elections, Americans voted to preserve and expand outdoor spaces.
Congressional attempts to roll back this important law are misguided.
They're places where families from all walks of life can go for exercise, inspiration and adventure.
Critics of public lands want to roll back land protections—Huffington post
This land is my land (and yours, too!)—The New York Times
Our land, up for grabs—The New York Times
Despite end of Oregon standoff, public land critics continue to push—The Huffington Post
Puerto Rico’s problems shouldn’t be solved by selling public lands—The Huffington Post
Committment: our public lands—Black Diamond Equipment