CELEBRATING OUR PUBLIC LANDS!

Show your support for HB 99: Wyoming Public Lands Day

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OVERVIEW

House Bill 99, sponsored by Rep. Andy Schwartz is a Public Lands Day bill that pays tribute to the importance of public lands in our state.

The bill requires the Governor to issue an annual proclamation encouraging the observance of this day.

BACKGROUND

  • Two states have created their own Public Lands Days to recognize the importance of public lands: Colorado in 2016 and Nevada in 2017.
  • The fourth Saturday in September has been recognized as National Public Lands Day since 1994. This proposed legislation would use the same date.

WHY A WYOMING PUBLIC LANDS DAY?

  • Public lands are in Wyoming’s DNA — This bill creates the opportunity for Wyoming people of all stripes and interests to celebrate our public lands legacy and values.
  • The bill affirms Wyoming support for keeping our public lands public and open for public access to everyone, regardless of an individual’s income or background. As an annual event, the Public Lands Day will serve as a reminder of these values as well as an opportunity to highlight outdoor opportunities for families and residents.
  • Volunteering is a vital part of National Public Lands Day, and a Wyoming-specific celebration would encourage and empower local community participation.
  • Outdoor recreation is one of Wyoming’s fasting growing industries, and is almost entirely dependent on access to public lands.