Join Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) for an exclusive in-person screening of Patagonia’s new film, “Public Trust,” on Sept. 1 at the Comanche Drive-In in Buena Vista.

In a time of growing polarization, Americans still share something in common: 640 million acres of public land. Held in trust by the federal government for all citizens of the United States, these places are a stronghold against climate change, sacred to Native people, home to wildlife and intrinsic to our national identity. “Public Trust,” a new documentary from Patagonia, shows us how and why these precious lands are in great danger.

Despite support from voters across the political spectrum, public lands face unprecedented threats from extractive industries and the politicians in their pockets, the documentary says. Part love letter, part political exposé, “Public Trust” investigates how we arrived at this moment through three conflicts — a national monument in the Utah desert, a mine in the Boundary Waters and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — and makes a case for their continued protection.

The film is being shown for one night only and all proceeds benefit GARNA, a non-profit that provides educational opportunities and experiences so that those who live, work and play in the Upper Arkansas Valley are motivated to take care of the natural resources.

The film starts at 8:15 p.m., with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. Before the film, there will be an introduction from one of the filmmakers. Tickets for the screening are available at garna.org and are likely to sell out before the event. Tickets are $10 for GARNA members and $15 for non-members. 

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