Support Those Who Support Us (Part 1)
Right off the get go, I am setting aside any personal viewpoints or prejudices here (and in my next post) in favor of the "greater good." This is no time for petty judgments on my part and I want to concentrate here on the positives that these two organizations bring to the table.
Public Lands for the People
Public Lands for the People (PLP) was established in 1990 with the following mission statement:
"To represent and assist outdoor user groups and individuals in keeping public and private lands open to prospecting, mining, and outdoor recreation through public education, scientific data, and legal means."
PLP goes on to say the following on their website:
"If you and I don’t care enough to make the case for our rights, who will? Public Lands for the People has been working tirelessly for 19 years with land managers, politicians and other user groups to ensure that you get to use public lands where and when you want. We have had many successes and you have benefited."
"We can promise you the other side is always making the case that mining and prospecting is noisy, polluting, and the source of conflicts. They want us in smaller and smaller areas with fewer opportunities to access the public lands and back country. Ultimately, they want us off public lands altogether. This is your fight whether you like it or not."
They Deserve Your Support
I couldn't agree more with what PLP says in the above paragraph. They hit the nail right on the head...in fact, I couldn't have said it better myself.
One small suggestion for PLP though...you might consider a cleaner, more professional looking website design. Like it or not, image is everything when it comes to online stuff these days and it doesn't matter how great your message is if it's not communicated well or drives people away.
(They aren't going away.)
That piece of constructive criticism stated, the main thing to remember here is that PLP is carrying forward the struggle for our rights as miners and outdoor users and has been for some time. They've done good work on our behalf and continue to do so.
PLP deserves your support and mine. So it's time for you (and I) to saddle up...the forces aligned against us are NOT going away...
Good luck to all.
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Bleak Future Ahead for Small-Scale Miners?"
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2012
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