Iron Fly - Lander, WY

Iron Fly - Lander, WY Dec 3 6:30 @ Lander Bar's Coalter Loft

#ProtectOurPublicLands - A success

Thanks to everyone who supported the #ProtectOurPublicaLands push that we had going on September 13.  The word got out and hopefully the public was educated on an important topic.

I signed the petition over at :

http://sportsmensaccess.org

There's still time for you to do the same.  I received two emails from my Wyoming Senators within a few days of signing that petition.  Here's the text from those.

From Senator John Barrasso, MD:

Dear Jeffrey, 
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about public land management. It is good to hear from you.
As a citizen and U.S. Senator from Wyoming, a state with over 50 percent public land, I am very interested in the multiple-use management of our nation's public lands and resources. I believe any land use decisions in Wyoming must be borne of community support that includes all stakeholders. 
I appreciate hearing your concerns with state ownership or management of certain public lands within their borders. You may be interested to know the Wyoming State Legislature passed legislation in 2015 to require the Office of State Lands and Investments to commission a study on the management of federally administered public lands in Wyoming by the state. This bill requires that the Office of State Lands produce this report by November 30, 2016. 
Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. I look forward to hearing from you in the future.
John Barrasso, M.D.
United States Senator


From Senator Michael Enzi:

Dear Jeffrey:
I appreciate hearing your concerns about returning federal land to the state. You made some good points. However, I believe that those closest to the land, know best how to handle that land. I have sponsored legislation in the past to return land to state and local management but only on a case-by-case basis. In each instance, there was support for the effort from state, local, and even federal officials. For example, I sponsored the Powell Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act in 2013 that gave a specific piece of federal land to the Powell Recreation District. The land had a specific use, funding, and a specific proposed plan. I have long supported policies that preserve and expand public access to public lands. When the federal government maintains control of public lands, I believe the state should be more actively included in the management processes. I believe we can find a balance between local management and federal support. Thanks again for contacting me. 
Sincerely,
Michael B. Enzi
United States Senator

I realize that these are just form responses, but at least the info is being passed on to the government officials.  This is a great reminder that your vote will count.  Not happy with the people making choices in your state?  Get out and send a message.  Don't elect the same old and expect that they'll do something different.  Politicians are in the pockets of corporations and they're not doing us any favors.  Hold them accountable and tell them how you feel.  OK, enough from my soapbox.

Midcurrent was good enough to show the fish bloggers some love and spread the word about our group effort to share the wisdom.  Check it out here when you get a chance. Thanks Midcurrrent for your help.  Thanks to Jason Tucker for lighting a fire under the asses of the blog community - good effort.