Every day across the country, courageous people are speaking out for the natural world to protect their families, their communities and their livelihoods. Read real stories about how everyday people are using their outside voices to make a difference – then join our cause.
“There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country.” –Theodore Roosevelt, 1912
Everyone has a story to tell. How are changes in your local wildernesses, parks and special places affecting you and your community? What special places do you think should be saved forever? What natural treasures do you value in your own community and want to pass on to the next generation? Share your story -- speak up for nature to help save the places we love!
I grew up in the southwest and lived outdoors as a child in the 40s and 50s. As an adult the love of nature, beautiful natural scenery - the ocean and mountains, it has always been a respite from the rigors of society and human losses in life.
It refreshes my spirit and brings joy in places when nothing else is working.
We are very fortunate on the island of Martha`s Vineyard. Conserving land is a very important part of who we are. Most of the inhabitants of the island feel strongly about keeping open land and conserving it for not only ourselves but for future generations.
I live in Oregon so we're pretty good about keeping our Forest and nature clean. but I would like to protect are wolf habitats, our coastlines and oceans and continue to support conservation in Oregon and in the country.
Many species are dependent on working lands. The conservation programs that help landowners take care of their lands are even more important now that ever. Plants and animals living in our ever changing landscape are counting on it.
Andrea Cristiano Maietta
I am a restaurant owner and am dedicated to sustainable use of the resources of our planet.
I have spent my life close to natural places. Nature has always been very important to me and my family. My husband and I are working to make sure our daughter has an awareness and love for nature by studying and by getting outside as much as possible. As educators we also work to make our students aware of their connection to the natural world as often as possible.
Juli Kibbe Ireland
Where I live the open spaces are shrinking and the air quality during the summer is fair to poor. We need to protect the open spaces to help with air quality and the quality of life.
Being able to walk in a park or go for a hike improves the quality of life.
Our community has been ravaged by fires in the nearby Huachuca Mountains. Fully half of the mountain range has been incinerated and the wildlife impacted as well as the surrounding community with homes and businesses being destoyed by the fire. Wildfires have destoyed much of our high elevation wild lands and the economies that depend on them. Arizona is going up in flames!