In Colorado (and the Western U.S. more generally), hunters and hikers haven’t always agreed. But Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Land Tawney, president and CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, are urging the two groups to set aside their differences and defend public lands against degradation. The Denver Post has their story:
Who says that hunters and hikers can’t get along?
In the past two decades, many of us who love the outdoors and care about protecting our lands and waters have allowed ourselves to be divided. No longer. The only way we’re going to save the rivers and oceans and forests and mountains is if we put aside our differences and stand together for the places we love.
And we are.
One of us grew up climbing 3,000-foot rock faces in Yosemite and started Patagonia, a California clothing company devoted to experiencing and protecting wild places. The other grew up in a Montana duck blind, shot his first whitetail at 14, and now leads Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, North America’s fastest growing organization of sportsmen and women. We don’t agree on everything, but we both view America’s public lands and waters as worth fighting for.