Public lands provide jobs, recreation, wildlife habitat, and support businesses. If properly managed, they can be a source of economic prosperity in the north state. Inadequate funding, climate change, and a complex tangle of jurisdictional and regulatory issues have caused inadequate management of our public lands. This has caused a drain on local government resources, leading to serious public safety and environmental concerns. There are a number of layers of issues related to environment and our public lands (see topics below). My response to these issues is at its core two pronged. First, I believe that creation has intrinsic value and that care of the land in order to safeguard it for future generations is an enduring rural value. Second, I believe that local control is an essential part of any course of action. Local entities understand their ecosystems and are best equipped to respond in order to protect, manage, and help them to thrive. One-size-fits-all policies from the Federal government and multiple layers of disagreeing regulations only serve to slow down the proper management of our public lands.