When you think about the 2016 U.S. presidential election, land management and conservation might not be the first issue that comes to your mind. But it’s an important one, especially for our western states where major portions of land are federally controlled. The concept of land management and conservation doesn’t just apply to our national parks, forests and monuments, it also determines how any portion of land, no matter how small, controlled by the Bureau of Land Mangement is used. As our air, water and land quality become increasingly compromised in the face of climate change and massive human pollution, it’s become crucial to ensure that our country’s public land does not go misused.
Here’s what you need to know about where the four major presidential candidates stand when it comes to these important issues.