Trout and salmon fishing, swimming, boating, hiking and camping provided by the Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers are some of the greatest natural pleasures for residents of the Modesto area. However, such experiences would be far more limited without our public lands a short drive away.
Unlike most other countries, for more than 100 years the United States has protected some of our remaining wild places. These federal public lands cost us little or nothing to visit, are the water source for many of our rivers and lakes, and provide diverse fishing and wildlife-related activities.
Despite these benefits, some elected officials are selling or transfering our public lands to states or private interests, weaken conservation laws such as the 1906 Antiquities Act, and undo national monument designations.
These bad ideas would reduce public access and opportunity for all kinds of outdoor activities, including fishing and hunting. Public lands mean more fish and wildlife, fewer “No Trespassing” signs, and improved local economies based on outdoor recreation. That’s why I and many other sportsmen across California have this message for our elected officials: “Keep your hands off our public lands."
Lonnie Moore, Modesto