On the Fourth of July tens of millions of Americans headed to city and state parks, beaches, waterways, and National Parks to be with their families and away from the cares and worries of everyday life. They were celebrating our nation’s independence, but, in effect, they were also celebrating, through their actions and preferences, 150 years of America’s conservation history.
Our new poll reveals substantial agreement among voters about the value of conserving the magnificent land and water that define this country’s way of life and national character. Perhaps continued commitment to saving such places can be the literal and symbolic common ground that can begin to heal some of our society’s other divisions.
Bob Bendick is the Director of U.S. Government Relations of The Nature Conservancy.
[Image: The West entrance, know as Valley View, of Yosemite National Park in California. Image source: Jan Maguire]