Keep Public Lands In Public Hands, 35 Groups Urge

More than 35 hunting, fishing and outdoor groups last month sent a letter to the members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation urging them to defend public lands in the state and the rest of the country.

The demand from organizations representing more than 100,000 stakeholders came as efforts continue to privatize some national parks. Tim Gestwicki, chief executive of the N.C. Wildlife Federation, one of the groups leading the opposition, argued that the lands are vital to American tradition and the economy.

“Public lands are part of the fabric of America,” he said. “This letter is urging the North Carolina delegation to stay strong in support of public lands. Our message is keep public lands in public hands.”

N.C. News Service