by Skip Clement
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hy does the current administration overvalue coal, allow increases in dirty water, and foul air, sell off public lands to extractors and developers with the value of our outdoor sporting contributions far more significant, and in perpetuity, not few get rich, a few get jobs for a while and then adios we get to pay for their clean it up?
We need energy, timber, and minerals, but not irresponsibly destroy the environment
It just doesn’t add up and if you account for mining and extraction being finite and environmentally harmful versus totally sustainable outdoor recreational activities and the dollars those activities recruit for taxes – ongoing, not limited.
Our recreational fishings contributions alone are staggering:
On the chart below, categories correspond line by line with the SPORTFISHING regions above.
Charts by Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.
110 North Carolina Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003
Featured Image is Fish Creek Falls Trailhead located in the Steamboat Springs Area and managed by the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District – U. S. Forest Service photo.[/information]