ORGANIZING TO PROTECT OUR PUBLIC LANDS


 

A workshop w/ the Center for Biological Diversity

Thursday, July 20th – 7pm to 9pm

Cameron Park Community Center (Social Room)
2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park

Organizing to Protect Our Public Lands

A workshop w/ the Center for Biological Diversity
“It is an American right to roam in our public lands. The people of the United States, today and tomorrow, share equally in the ownership of these majestic places. This powerful idea transcends party lines and sets our country apart from the rest of the world. That is why we strongly oppose any proposal, current or future, that devalues or compromises the integrity of our national public lands.”
From a Press Release by REI – February 2017

 

Public lands – our National Forests, Monuments, Parks and more – are under siege by a growing number of political and economic interests. These powerful forces wish to eliminate existing environmental protections and sell off these publicly owned lands to the highest bidder.

Without an organized and effective opposition to these efforts, the threats may become a sobering reality. And if we wait too long, it will be too late to mount an effective resistance.

The Center for Biological Diversity has pinpointed a number of Congressional Districts around the country whose representatives have aligned themselves with the “public lands seizures” movement. Our own Dist 4’s rep, Tom McClintock (R) ranks as #14 on the “Public Land Enemies” list compiled by the Center.

Ryan Beam, Public Lands Campaigner for the Center for Biological Diversity, is coming to El Dorado County to conduct a workshop on how we can organize effective opposition to protect and defend our public lands (he’ll also be in Sonora/Jackson the following Monday, July 24th):

  • America’s Public Lands – what are they and why should we care?
  • What is the “public land seizure” movement and who are its members and political/corporate allies?
  • What is McClintock’s role and what bills are being introduced on the Federal level to take away our public lands?
  • How do we organize to oppose these threats and protect our public lands for generations to come?

Almost 50% of the lands in El Dorado County are public lands! We live in the heart of a region with tens of thousands of residents who depend on public lands for recreation, livelihood, scientific research and study, and general enjoyment of living within and next to thriving public lands and habitat, replete with both our native flora and fauna.

If we can mobilize around the defense of everyone’s right to use and enjoy these lands (and not solely for the profit of corporations), we will be able to protect these lands for future generations, and make a significant impact on what happens (or doesn’t happen) on these lands.

This is not a “Red” or “Blue” issue; this is an issue for all us who enjoy and live near these precious national and natural treasures, treasures of untold floral and faunal riches.

This is too important a moment to ignore. The threats are real, the stakes too high.

This two-hour workshop is free. Organizing to Protect Our Public Lands Workshop is at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park, Thursday, July 20th, 7pm to 9pm. We ask that you pre-register to ensure we have sufficient space for all those who wish to attend.

For registration or questions: publiclandsworkshop@gmail.com or call 530-748-9365.


This event is being co-sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity, El Dorado Progressives, and the El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

All photos: (c) 2017 Tripp Mikich
Top to Bottom: Indian Valley, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest; South Fork of the American River, Coloma; Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest; Granite Chief Wilderness, Tahoe National Forest.