Public land should be paid for by the user, and while we wait for the users to figure that, we risk losing our land (Herald editorial, “Time to pass on Discover Pass for state parks,” Jan. 3). Hunters and fishermen pay for the game they consume through taxes on the goods and wares they use hunting and fishing.
The Pittman-Robertson Act taxes firearms, ammunition and other hunting related items. This money is then, by law, used to manage wildlife. A similar act, the Dingell-Johnson Act, taxes fishing gear and fuel sold at marinas. There should be a similar tax on the gear that is used on public land, an REI tax if you will. Without public land, most people would have no use of tents, backpacks and tiny little stoves.
It has come to the point where we need to step up to ensure the land is here for those ‘in the womb of time.”