Public Land is the Essence of Freedom

September 29, 2017

Bow hunter Sarah Jane Keller shares how a recent experience hunting bull elk reminder her of the vital, great importance of keeping public land public.

Excerpt: “It’s these moments during hunts, and subtler ones, too, that make me ferociously loyal to the idea of public land. When you’re a hunter, a national forest becomes much more than a recreation destination. It becomes a place to transcend the separation between modern humans and nature, if just for a morning.

In this way, public land is the essence of freedom, an open invitation to exercise a primal form of self-sufficiency, and, in the process, connect with an ecosystem. The gut-level connection to public land that many hunters have gives me hope that the ongoing movement to transfer or privatize it will ultimately fail.”

Read the full article in the High Country News.