This post is published in partnership with Outdoor Alliance.
We hike, bike, boat, climb, ski, and surf. We don’t witness the great outdoors—we live it. We experience the splendor of summits scraping the sky, turquoise rivers running wild, and valleys teeming with wildlife.
We demand a healthy and well-managed public lands system that is the envy of the world. Where rural communities are vibrant recreation hubs, people in urban areas gather in greenways, and vast backcountry territories are protected for our children, children’s children, and the next 100 generations. We demand that special places remain special. We demand clean air, clean water, and a renaissance of livability across America.
And we are not alone. Even as partisanship dominates the news, Americans have one thing in common: we agree that our public lands are important. Parks are loved by all. More Americans play outdoors every year than vote in presidential elections. Outside of the halls of Congress, these issues are not partisan, not blue or red or green. They are American values, universal desires, and basic human rights.