Public Lands Photo Essay

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All Photos by Louis Cahill

All Photos by Louis Cahill

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.

Unless you’ve been living in a cave this last year, you know that there is a real and present danger facing our American public lands. A group of short sighted law makers would like to sell of your American birthright, or deed it over to states to sell if for them.

I’ve been fortunate to see several dozen countries in my life, and to fish many of them. I can tell you this with complete certainty. Our public lands are unique and precious. They are what, for sportsmen and women at least, set us apart from much of the rest of the world. I say this, not boastfully, but with great fear. We are on the verge of losing the very thing that makes the country great.

I could write a couple of thousand words about this issue, but I have chosen instead to show you exactly whats at risk. Here are a few photos I’ve taken while fishing some of our great public lands. You will recognize many of these places. Although all of our public lands are not so famous, they are equally precious. I encourage you to remember this when choosing the representatives who speak for you.

Please consider signing the Sportsmen’s Access Petition. For each person who does a message is sent to their representatives in congress. Make your voice heard.

If you’re interested, heres Adventure journal’s list of the 20 lawmakers hell-bent on selling your public lands. One of them may represent you…or not.

Enjoy the photos. Lets all do what we can to insure that photos are not all we are left with.

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Louis Cahill
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5 thoughts on “Public Lands Photo Essay

  1. Great post Tim — and an equally great topic to tackle in 2016. In a time of short-sightedness and hyped political rhetoric, the land that was deeded to all of us by our forefathers is at great risk. If a photo is worth a thousand words, yours say plenty. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for sharing Louis, what a lot of folks think is that transferring management of our public lands over to individual states would benefit and centralize local interests, this is not the case. What will most likely end up happening is mass private sales to the wealthy, or foreign entities/corporations. We cannot let this happen because these lands have a big bullseye on them due to the amount of natural resources that lay within, and the states will gladly accept top dollar offers to benefit themselves and us common folk will be shit outta luck and instead of hunting and fishing as a right it’ll be a privaledge and we will end up having to “pay to play”.

  3. interesting that you post this now. Tom Rosenbauer and the Orvis crew just did an extremely informative podcast on this very subject. i encourage every one to get informed and join the fight to preserve the land that is rightfully ours. we are all public land owners and i’d like to keep it that way.

  4. This might be the single most important issue you have ever touched on. The states want to acquire this land for one thing; the ability to offer it up for development and resource extraction. For those of you who think it wont matter, try finding quality public lands to recreate on in say, Texas. As big as we are, over 98% of our lands are privately held. The ability to quickly hit a trailhead and go ride, run, or fish in the wild is nearly impossible to come by throughout most of the state.
    Even if Im not fortunate enough to visit many of the wild places in our country, I will happily fight to keep them publicly accessible for any of my fellow outdoor brethren to enjoy. Lost to one is lost to all.

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