July 2, 2013
"Our public lands, the bulk of which are in the West, have helped shape the character and economy of this country. These days, the open spaces, wildlife, forests, mountains and remote canyons are valued for more than the commodities - timber, oil, gas, coal, gold - they can produce. As the West changes from a largely natural-resource based economy to a knowledge- and service-based economy, conserving public lands becomes more important. The lands are critical to the expanding tourism and recreation industries, people seeking a high quality of life and businesses competing for highly trained professionals."
On page 10, CWF's Kent Ingram is quoted.