“It is an incalculable added pleasure to any one’s sum of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder-book of nature.” – President Theodore Roosevelt
In the age of hype for the latest tech revelation, the constant mad dash for exposure and gossip, we forget ourselves. We lose touch with what it means and feels to be alive. We lose touch with our place in the deeps of space without even the hint of self-awareness. National Parks are a treasure to us all, to all who visit them, to all who work and play in them and are a place where we can find ourselves. If they are of any value, and they are of immense value, then our National Parks deserve our support. They give back to us countless memories, self-awareness, peace of mind, knowledge, and joy.
Unfortunately, our National Parks are under attack. Under attack by various interests with various intentions. Everyone knows that oil men are always on the hunt for the increasingly aloof ‘easy oil,’and want to drudge up pristine wild lands just for the mere chance of finding something. You also have the mining industry, real estate industry, and others who want to come conquer, exploit, and then leave with their devastation left behind.
My motivation for this blog is to not only showcase the wonders and immense beauty of our national lands but also to stand up for them. This is my modest contribution to the fight to protect what belongs to each and every one of us.
This blog is not meant to be a political soapbox, nor is it partisan, but I will call out those who want to sell off our lands to the energy industry, no matter what party they belong to. For more on the latest regarding the valuation of federal lands and the potential for States to sell off lands for a profit, go here: Transferring Federal Lands to States
We all have the right and privilege to have access to our national treasures. They should not belong to a handful of private corporations, where we would then lose access. That’s my take. That’s where I am coming from. If you want to learn more about our National Parks and ways you can get involved, stick around and join me! My goal is one post a day.
In the coming days, I will be posting ways you can contribute, volunteer, and more.