Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/08/17/public-lands-are-key-fighting-climate-change
Yes to the recommendations in the article related to the climate crisis.
Now to the ecological crisis related to public lands. Exploitation in the form of energy and mineral extraction have been devastating public lands for decades. Moreover, the livestock industry has destroyed lands in the west for over a century. This is extensively documented in the excellent book, *This Land" by Christopher Ketcham.