Public Trust

96 mins


U.S. public lands are a uniquely American experiment that welcome everyone — hikers, campers, hunters, sightseers, anglers and ranchers — to its 640 million acres. But these national treasures and traditional homes of native people are under threat from the Trump administration. The powerful extractive industries, backed by regulation-slashing state legislators and federal agencies, see these lands as a gravy train whose stores of oil, gas, uranium and copper should be unlocked. Public Trust follows acclaimed outdoor journalist Hal Herring as he explores America at a threshold: Will we preserve our public land birthright or will we create a country where even a sunset has a dollar value?

Colorado Premiere

Production Team

David Garrett Byars

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Featured in the 2020 Mountainfilm Festival.

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Conservation Colorado

This Colorado Public Lands Day, it’s more clear than ever before that our lands, waters, and wildlife are critical pieces of Colorado’s economy and public health. That’s why we’re asking our federal and state leaders to invest in our lands, waters, and wildlife as part of the COVID-19 recovery efforts. The “Great American Outdoors Act” will provide much-needed funding for our national parks and public lands ranging from the desert and mountain backcountry to local parks. Our lands and waters depend on this funding but we need your help to see this bill passed through Congress.

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Conservation Lands Foundation

Public lands are the ancestral homelands of Native people, they include our most iconic and treasured parks and wildlands, and they constitute a critical defense in efforts to combat the climate and extinction crises. As we move toward the 2020 elections, we need your voice to remind candidates and elected leaders that public lands and waters are for everyone, and they need to be permanently protected.

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