A recent national survey conducted said four out of five Americans believe that the conservation of the natural resources is a patriotic value, and that our state and national parks, forests, monuments and wildlife areas are worth protecting and an essential part of life in general in their state. The recent survey also said that even with the federal budget cuts in spending, funding for conservation should not be cut.
We pay now or we will pay later
Over 1,600 organization representing anglers, hunters, birders, hikers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts delivered a collective letter to Congress Wednesday urging the funding to be restored for conservation of fish and wildlife grant programs. The letter is in response to the U.S. House of Representatives to stop all funding for State and Tribal Wildlife Grant Programs. The elimination of the program funding would result in the significant loss of species, wetlands and forest areas and diminished outdoor recreation opportunities.
Investing in the natural resources is vital and will total less the 1-percent of all federal spending
The funds up to now have been decreased 25-percent. Wetlands are being restored and their conservation contributes $144.7 billion to the U.S. economy, by protection from weather disasters, soil erosion and improving water quality. A survey taken n 2011 shows that people 16 years of age and older, that’s 90 million Americans who participate in wildlife-related activities. $55 billion is spent on bird feed and watching birds alone.
More people and less wildlife and wildlife areas will be the decline of ordinary civilization, the natural beauty from state to state, from the state of mind to people’s livelihoods
The wilderness has suffered enough from industry and an environmental issues. An issue like this has never had such an impact, not since a group of preservationists led by “the great conservationist” John Muir fought a proposed a dam to be built in the city of San Francisco in the Hetch Hetchy Valley after the 1906 earthquake.
Almost every newspaper in the country followed the story. The industrial revolution that downed forests changed the way the American people viewed the wilderness, and the people wanted to return to a simpler way of life. Groups like the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Audubon Society came about and became increasingly popular to drive this statement to the Whitehouse.
Without protection the natural resources may not last
The wilderness is worth defending. Conservation is the only way to keep the wilderness from disappearing altogether. Cleaner water and sustainable power can only work if people can use and work the natural resources, and so future generations could use them. One of the main ways to cleaner water and air is preserving the forests and wetlands, and force the way to alternative power sources.
Natural resources benefit the many, not just the few
The wilderness is a spiritual place. “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, stressed-to-death, people of the city call the mountains and wilderness “going back home.” John Muir at the age of 29, traveled entirely on foot from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico, and then to California. After which Muir became famous for his Harper magazine articles and his books. He became the president of the Sierra Club whose sole indemnity was to protect Yosemite National Park. According to Muir, “The wilderness is the place to go where people can escape everyday problems and restore the soul.”
Henry David Thoreau was famous for his love and writings about life in the wilderness said, “Nature is not a storage space for natural resources but a sacred place that should be cherished for its very existence.”
Nature is not here for us to destroy and neglect as we please
The scientific way in which the wilderness and the wetlands are destroyed and neglected has no room for spirituality. A tree is just a piece of lumber or paper, to be replanted and the wetlands are drained for building. Science has no clue how to decide what is the best use for nature. The mountains, deserts, grasslands, waters and wetlands are temples of spirituality with a heart and voice.
Nature and it’s wilderness is a shrine
There will never be a more holier temple than that. The National Parks are John Muir's and President Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy, stemming from a most famous and significant camping trip. The trip had a lasting impact on the President and on American conservation history.
The funding must continue
The Teaming Wildlife Coalition put the letter together for Congress on behalf of all of the outdoor enthusiast groups. You can visit the link and see the actual letter and the lists of organizations.
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