Speak Up for the Conservation of U.S. National Forests

Reader Contribution by Emily Kennedy
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If you’re a strong advocate for the preservation of the 193-million-acre National Forest System in the United States and you want your voice to be heard, here’s your chance. The Obama administration is giving citizens throughout the country an opportunity to share their opinions and thoughts on the future management of national forests. The U.S. Forest Service began hosting the first of many roundtable discussions on March 29. The roundtables, which end on May 12, will spotlight what the future holds for national forests in terms of how they will be managed.

According to Mike Anderson, a senior resource analyst with The Wilderness Society, the nation’s 155 national forest and grasslands are visited by more than 200 million people a year. 

“This is a golden opportunity for people to play a direct role in shaping the future of our national forests, as well as a golden opportunity for the Obama administration to listen to the concerns of its citizens,” Anderson stated in a press release.

A coalition of conservation organizations including Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, National Center for Conservation Science and Policy and The Wilderness Society is urging people to participate in these discussions and highlight topics such as climate change, the preservation of clean drinking water, protection of fish and wildlife and the restoration of America’s outdoor legacy. All of these are factors that will contribute immensely to the well-being of national forests for generations to come.

The forest service insists that the citizen’s voices will be taken into serious consideration and wants them to feel like they have an important role in the decision-making process regarding the future management and preservation of national forests.

If you’re interested in participating in one of the roundtable discussions, you can visit the U.S. Forest Service website to find one near you.

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Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho

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