EAST OF EDEN
A LANDS TRANSFER ISN’T JUST A WESTERN PROBLEM
this is your fight. Don’t be fooled. If you live outside the West, don’t assume that the efforts to transfer, and inevitably sell, our vast public lands isn’t any of your business. What happens in Vegas, this time around, won’t stay in Vegas. This crazy idea to transfer public lands will gain traction in the Midwest, and the East, and the North, from sea to shining sea.
The federal government owns only 4 percent of lands east of the Mississippi River, but that 4 percent includes, for starters, 1.25 million acres of national forest in North Carolina and another 1.2 million acres in Florida. But such limited federal ownership makes the fight in the East all the more critical. Already, state legislators in at least four Eastern states—Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia—have put forth resolutions favoring the public-lands transfer. The Everglades, the Ozarks, the Southern Appalachians—it’s all up for grabs.
This is your fight if public land anywhere, of any size, matters to you. This is the time to draw the line in the very dirt you own. Don’t give up a single Arkansas riverbottom, West Virginia mountain holler, or South Carolina marsh. Because if we do, we will never get it back. And America will never be the same.