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Candidates Urged to Support Public Lands: Keep NH Outdoors Affordable

The candidates for president are being asked to take a stand in support of public lands such as the White Mountain National Forest, which is among the most popular in the nation. (Ken Gallager/Wikimedia)
The candidates for president are being asked to take a stand in support of public lands such as the White Mountain National Forest, which is among the most popular in the nation. (Ken Gallager/Wikimedia)
September 8, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. – The presidential contenders are being asked to take a stand on public lands.

Members of 40 environmental and outdoors groups just sent a letter to the candidates for the White House.

Eric Orff, a wildlife biologist and New Hampshire outreach consultant for the National Wildlife Federation, says Granite Staters need to know if those running for the highest office in the land intend to keep public lands public.

"Keep them in the public hands, so that hunters and fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts like myself on modest incomes have a place to go,” he states, “and for children and grandchildren to enjoy the vastness and wonders of this country."

Orff notes that the White Mountain National Forest is among the most visited in the nation.

Collin O'Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, says public lands always have received support from both major political parties.

"We're asking candidates across America to affirm their commitment to keeping these public lands in public hands for the good of everyone that loves the outdoors,” he states. “Everyone likes to hunt or fish, or camp or hike or bird, and for the nation's wildlife and water supplies and our natural resources."

Bill Carney, a freelance outdoors writer in the Granite State, agrees that keeping public lands public is critical to keeping activities such as hunting and fishing affordable.

"I couldn't afford to go out there and hunt if I had to pay trespass fees on all that property,” he states. “When Roosevelt – Teddy Roosevelt – put most of this land away, I think that's what makes America America.

“You can't go anyplace else in the world where they have the land rights that we have."

Supporters say public lands also support the nation's growing outdoor recreation industry, which generates more than $646 billion a year.


Mike Clifford/Scott Herron, Public News Service - NH