National Public Lands Day–a chance to celebrate our outdoor heritage

"This Saturday is the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day and it’s a ripe opportunity to visit the great outdoors and volunteer for the numerous projects planned nationwide.” 

09-27-2013 // Judith Kohler

yosemite cliff and purple sky

This Saturday is National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day. Tens of thousands of volunteers are expected to take part in activities at sites across the country.

Ann Morgan, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s regional office in Boulder, Colo., said Friday:

"This Saturday is the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day and it’s a ripe opportunity to visit the great outdoors and volunteer for the numerous projects planned nationwide.”

"It’s also a great time to remember that there’s nothing partisan about clean air and water, intact fish and wildlife habitat and having places to fish, hunt, hike and reconnect to nature. These lands, which are cherished by Americans of all backgrounds, are too often at the center of disputes over who should benefit from their use. A recent report by the National Wildlife Federation looks at the economic, environmental and social values of our public lands. It also explores attempts by some lawmakers to sell the lands, roll back environmental protections or make drilling, logging and mining the dominant use."

"Public lands should stay in public hands. They must be responsibly managed for a variety of uses. Communities nationwide rely on outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing, for sustainable sources of jobs and tax revenue. Businesses increasingly see the quality of life supported by public lands as an edge when competing for employees. These lands, which belong to all Americans, have helped shape our identity and nurture our spirit. It’s up to us to make sure they continue to do so for generations to come."

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