Public Lands Belong to You and Me


We cannot forget that the national parks, forests, grasslands, seashores are not "federal land." They are our land, your and mine. If we lose them, we will never get them back. We must also remember that government is not bureaucrats. Government is us, and that simple notion is the foundation of democracy. Let's refuse to base our policy decisions on economics alone. Fifty years ago, Aldo Leopold gave us a better standard: "Quit thinking about decent land use as solely an economic problem. A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends to do otherwise."
(Carol Estes writing for National Parks, September 1996)


Boycott Symbol


The rush to privatize, commercialize and motorize our public-lands is wrong. That this effort is being aided and abetted by the political manipulations of anti-environmental Congressmen working in concert with the private business sector, is despicable.

What can we, the people, do to stop this effort and protect our public lands from those who would wrest management control from the American public?

Here are a few suggestions:

President George W. Bush
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20250
Phone (202)456-1414 comment line
202-456-2461 Fax
U.S. Senate
Washington D.C. 20510
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington D.C. 20515

Thank you for your support.


Fee Demo Protest, Summer '98
Demo Protest 1998

The United States is blessed with the largest base of publicly owned land of any country in the world. The federal government doesn't own this land; federal agencies, like our own Forest Service, are simply entrusted with its care. The American people own this land.

(USDA Secretary (now retired) Dan Glickman, July 1996)


This document was prepared by Wild Wilderness. To learn more about ongoing industry-backed congressional efforts to motorize, commercialize, and privatize America's public lands, contact:

Scott Silver, Executive Director
Wild Wilderness
248 NW Wilmington Avenue,  Bend  OR 97701
Phone (541) 385-5261    E-mail: ssilver@wildwilderness.org