the urban prospector

Searching for Golden Opportunities in America's Cities

Leave a comment

In Defense of Public Land

Carrizo Peak

Lincoln National Forest: Carrizo Peak rises from the Tularosa Basin.

This weekend 150 armed militia members have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Oregon operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This armed occupation was in response to the incarceration of two individuals convicted of arson for fires they started that damaged public land in 2001 and 2006; one of which burned 139 acres. This is another in a long string of attacks on the concept of public land. Similar issues (and people) were involved in the standoff at the Bundy Ranch in 2014 where Cliven Bundy had been involved in a decades long legal dispute regarding unpermitted grazing on public land. This attack on public land has been seen in the past few national elections with Republican candidates decrying the oppressive federal government and its ownership of land. While there are many out there who hate the idea of public land, public land is a good thing. Continue reading