In a recent letter to voters, I may have worded something poorly.
I stand strongly for Multiple Use of Public Lands.
For the coming General Session, I am very concerned that, given the heavy emphasis on budgets, Multiple Use of Public Lands could be forgotten in the rush. This would then expose these lands to a low level run on the access of the public to them. I will keep my eye out for such a run and will ensure people will know of it and in turn I will work hard to prevent any limits on public access and useage of public lands.
Federal Land in Wyoming has been an emotional topic. I believe that our current system of use ensuring that hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation, solitude in remote places, and abundant wildlife using federal lands is of great importance. Whether hunting is in your heart or snowmobiling across beautiful countryside is a passion, the ability for people to use the lands is vital to Wyoming and our economy.
This topic is not currently a "hotbutton" issue. It will come back. Much as I do not like the federal government controling half of Wyoming, I do not support any legislation that would close up this land or reduce our wildlife. The mountains, plains, wild rivers and deserts are lifeblood for Wyoming. We must be stewards of the land.
This picture of a beaver working on his "home" was taken a few miles from my home in Bondurant.