Recent Events Involving Our Public Lands Are Alarming

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Just as the National Park Service marks 2016 as its centennial year and celebrates 100 years of stewardship for American public lands, many of our wild public places are being attacked by a small group of extremists as well as key members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. The outcome of today’s trial will undoubtedly embolden extremist groups. Do you consider yourself a wildlife conservationist? Do you contribute to wildlife conservation organizations?

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Have There Been Any Positive Aspects of the Malheur NWR Occupation?

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Incidents like this one, led by far-right militant, anti-government extremists, should be a concern of all Americans, especially birders, hunters, environmentalists, conservationists, and anyone else concerned with keeping public lands public. Likewise, birders rallied against the occupation in several protests around the state on January 19th, sponsored by the Audubon Society of Portland.

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The True Costs of the Rhetoric of Terror Continue to Mount – Part 1

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Restricting the rights of citizens to freely protest against practices that they sincerely believe to be unjust or immoral just to protect the profits of people engaged in those very practices would normally not be taken lightly in a country that values free speech and the open exchange of ideas; but couch it in the rhetoric of terror , and people will mindlessly submit to the rights-restrictions like lemmings being led off a cliff. The word ‘extremist’ runs a close second.

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