On January 3, 2016, a group of armed gunmen began occupying a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon. They are demanding that the government turn over public lands to local control. This is the latest escalation in a misguided attempt by extremists and right-wing politicians in some Western states to seize lands that belong to all Americans. Here are three things that the gunmen and their political allies get wrong about America’s public lands.
Andrew Satter is the Director of Video at American Progress. Kulsum Ebrahim is a Video Producer/Editor at American Progress.