My family just spent a few days in federally protected lands surrounding the Blue Ridge Parkway. We camped on top of a mountain bald surrounded by the beautiful lower Appalachians. We fell asleep under a windy blanket of stars, heard the calls of a young pack of coyotes and awoke to a milky fog draped across the valleys below.
The magnificent beauty of these great spaces should be enough to humble any man. It is disheartening to know that some of my countrymen would sacrifice these public treasures.
I applaud the efforts of our past presidents who have fought to protect and made additions to our public spaces. We forgot too easily the importance of our public lands. Their purpose is simple, to protect the beauty of our natural world from the greed in which we all partake. We must continue to fight to keep these magical places intact. They are indeed a gift from the past that is meant for our future. "Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us." - Teddy Roosevelt (R-NY)