More on the RAT. By Greg Lewis. Tucson Citizen.

Who are the interests behind the pay-to-use-your-public-land philosophy?

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

One Response to Guest opinion (Tucson Citizen): Fee-for-all on public lands

  1. Mike Wolf says:

    From the interview with the ARC president:

    “two years ago, we authored legislation in Congress that would have allowed a corporation to become some kind of an exclusive supporter of the national parks or a specific national park. We were fine-tuning it when our progress was interrupted by a series of Doonesbury cartoons. Cartoonist Gary Trudeau was prompted by an environmental organization to target this concept with the humorous notion that a national park might actually be sold to a company and renamed something like “Kodak’s Grand Canyon.””

    Way to go Gary!


April 2007


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey