Balancing land distribution between conservation and leasing

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO) --- The Road to Equal Ground is a road trip project aimed at balancing the proportion of lands leased to the proportion of lands conserved in the U.S.

According to the Equal Ground Campaign, that proportion is currently almost three to one in favor of land leased.

Today, the campaign made a stop in Fruita to discuss the policies surrounding this issue and the impact they have on specific industries with several local officials.

"There's places around here where you have a favorite hunting spot or a favorite fishing spot, maybe it's a favorite trail that you mountain bike on," says Trevor Kincaid with the Center for Western Priorities. "That's the quality of life that you get by having access to public land."

The road trip began last week in Montana and is traveling to Las Cruces, New Mexico over the next six days.

Along the way, the crew will be stopping in other communities, speaking with local students, business people and community leaders about how they use their public lands.

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