I am Caty Enders, a journalist with the Guardian. I just launched a new series, This Land Is Your Land, covering the government giveaway of public lands. AMA.
I just launched a new project at the Guardian, This Land is Your Land, which takes a look at the underreported threats to public land in the US. The Republican platform now contains a commitment to give away an unspecified portion of America's 640m acres of national land to the states. We've also seen this year several bills from a small number of politicians that would sell off millions of acres of public land and gut the management and law enforcement budgets for parks and public property.
It's an issue that's totally consumed me, but it's also a subject that a lot of the country hasn't heard much about. Public land designations can be confusing, and the bills to transfer and roll back protections on federal land haven't been widely publicized. But public lands belong to all of us, and the government has an obligation to manage them responsibly and hold them in trust for all Americans.
So let's do it. AMA.
EDIT: I have to bounce out for a meeting a little before 2pm ET, but if there are other pressing public land questions, I'll circle back later today. Thanks very much, Reddit! It's been a blast.
EDIT: Wow, people care! Excellent. I'll try to answer as many questions as I can before I have to duck out again at 4:15pm
EDIT: I have to jump out for about an hour—why is there life outside of Reddit?—but I'm so amped by the enthusiasm for this topic. I'll come back shortly and try to finish this out by answering as many questions as I can today. These conversations are really helpful to me, too, so thanks, everyone, for your time.
EDIT: Hey, thanks for continuing all the really great questions here! I'm back until 5:30, at which point I have to go home and feed the pooches.
EDIT: It's now 6:07, and I really do have to go home. But I had such a great time with you all today. Thank you for the fantastic discussion. It's been a privilege. If you want to reach out in future, you can find me @catyenders