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The proclamation starts out with a celebratory flare:

Atop soaring mountain peaks, alongside bubbling streams, in woodlands and grasslands that stretch over rolling hills, Americans find inspiration in our great outdoors. Just as our diverse and rugged landscapes reflect our national character, the way we care for these open spaces mirrors our commitment to future generations. On National Public Lands Day, we celebrate the lands we share and gather to conserve our natural heritage.

It makes you just want to get outdoors and ride responsibly to enjoy our public lands – right?

Well, you may want to throttle back.

Unless you have been away from civilization the past week, you would know that our federal government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Why does Oct. 1 matter, and how is it relevant with the National Public Lands Day proclamation?

Oct. 1 is the day the proclamation was published in the Federal Register and it’s the same day our federal government shut down.

Imagine the irony.

The President proclaims a celebration of our public lands the very same day our government shuts them down and prevents you -- the responsible rider – from enjoying them.

It sort of defeats the purpose of a National Public Lands Day.

It is time for common sense to reign in Washington.

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Comments  1

  • Raymond Birch 08 Oct

    The trails all closed as I was packing up for a camping/riding trip at a couple parks that offer ohv/camping. To say the least ruined my trip. Then they want to pay the furloughed employees that from my understanding would much rather be at work. I say let them go back to work and open the parks. For one I believe the parks our ours the tax paying citizens and the forests were here long before this government. I can't speak for anywhere else but from where I live and that's we all volunteer to work our trail system and It should most definitely be open. It's like a double slap to the face.
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