RMEF Opposes the Sale or Transfer of Public Lands: How to Get Involved
By Wapiti Wire Staff
In January, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation reaffirmed its stance adamantly opposing the sale or transfer of federal lands to states.
“We have always been against the sale or transfer of our public lands, but now we’re seeing some Western state legislatures mulling or taking action that could lead to that happening. We’re also hearing some chatter on the federal level,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “This is dangerous for two reasons. First, it could result in the privatizing of these lands and the subsequent permanent loss of public access for hunters, anglers, hikers and others. Second, this discussion is a smoke screen of sorts that does nothing to address the real issue of the crucial need for active management of our forests.”
Love your public lands? Here are ways to get involved:
1. Get in touch with your congressional representatives and let them know you oppose the transfer of federal lands.
“We call on RMEF members across the nation and America’s sportsmen and women to contact representatives in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate to urge them to provide federal land managers the tools and direction to develop and implement effective active land management procedures. We also call on them to strongly urge state and federal lawmakers to speak out against the sale or transfer of public lands to protect our ability to hunt, fish, camp, ride and recreate, and then hold them accountable for their actions,” Allen said.
For more information about how to contact your representatives, click here.
2. Pass the message along to friends and family members via social media networks.
Be sure to keep posts professional. RMEF’s news releases and social media channels are a great place to start.
3. Talk to your state wildlife agency.
Agencies provide opportunities for public comments on numerous topics. Call, write or email your agency.
4. Attend local government meetings and community events.
Keep an eye out for opportunities to get involved at the local level, from municipal government meetings to a nearby RMEF chapter banquet.
5. Contact the media.
Many media outlets, especially local outlets in smaller communities, are interested in receiving news tips. Pass on RMEF press releases about public lands you feel would benefit your community. Writing a letter to the editor is another effective way to advocate.
If you’re not already involved with your local RMEF chapter committee, reach out. They’re always looking for more volunteers, and their work directly benefits elk country.