Investments in natural resource conservation, historic preservation and outdoor recreation comprise roughly 1 percent of the federal budget yet provide a return on investment that far exceeds the cost to the taxpayer.
Just ask anyone who has ever enjoyed our great American wilderness, or benefitted from the clean air and water those lands provide, or the local economies they support --- Bill Meadows, president of The Wilderness Society
In recognition of the value of the outdoors and concerned about budget cuts, a coalition representing millions of people has sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Signed by Meadows and John Nau, past president of the Civil War Trust, the letter extends an offer to engage Congress to quantify the economic benefits of natural resource conservation, outdoor recreation, and historic preservation.
“Over the years, federal conservation programs have helped leverage billions of dollars of non-federal money to conserve millions of acres of critical habitat, thus helping to preserve America’s rich hunting and fishing traditions,” said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, one of the many sporting groups that is helping to lead the coalition.
You can help too by writing to your federal representatives and senators, reminding them of the value of conservation programs, outdoor recreation, and historic preservation. Refer them to this site to learn more.