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Conservation Lands Foundation
April 12, 2010

It's very rare to get a chance to be in on the beginning of something that promises to have a national impact far beyond your own lifetime. The Conservation Lands Foundation is working to establish and encourage local Friends groups connected with national monuments that are part of the National Conservation Landscape System -- some of the most special public lands in the nation. As a student of America's conservation history, it's exciting to see this powerful idea take seed and grow -- like being there when John Muir and others began the Sierra Club, or when Theodore Roosevelt first used the Antiquities Act to create the first national monuments (like the Grand Canyon) and in the process saved great spaces for future generations. With each decision we make, each step forward we take, we, too, are shaping a future we can only imagine -- and which we hope will reverberate for generations we will never meet. Some day many years from now, someone will be hiking through Grand Staircase Escalante, or canoeing through the White Cliffs of the Upper Missouri River, or enjoying some other site in the system, connecting at a profoundly personal level with our nation's land and history and becoming better Americans for the experience; and I will have played some small part in helping make that moment possible. That's an exhilarating prospect.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

among the most dedicated people I've met. The local volunteers who have decided to help protect the national monuments in their backyard work incredibly hard, for no pay, and they demonstrate participatory democracy at its best.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I serve on the board.