America's wilderness is unparalleled, places where we can go for renewal, to glimpse wildlife, camp, hunt or fish. The American people own 635 million precious acres of land, and that land is managed by our government.
From well-known icons to hidden gems, these lands provide us all with clean air and water; abundant wildlife; havens for recreation, learning, and solitude; and a foundation for a healthy planet. They are also important sources of renewable energy and vital natural resources that must be managed wisely.
But America's wild lands are often targeted by industry, for oil and gas drilling, logging, and other forms of inappropriate development that pollute the air and water and chew up the land.
Leaders in Washington are weighing legislation right now that would protect some of America's most beloved places, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington state.
It's up to us to ensure that Congress knows we expect them to support programs for conservation, wilderness protection and the environment. Our nation's economic and environmental health depend on it.
Pledge to take action in your own community -- to demand better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands. Each of us has a responsibility to help preserve our rich natural legacy for current and future generations.