By Janie Schildge
August 29, 2013
As one of three daughters of a college professor, I was raised on our country's National Parks as destinations for camping and exploring the west. We have hiked down the Grand Canyon, climbed in Yosemite, explored the geysers of Yellowstone and the high glacial lakes of Glacier NP. And after three trips to Denali National Park, my husband and I have convinced our children and grandchildren of the value of our precious park system in our country. I want to keep our National Parks pristine, and sustainable for the future, as our six grandchildren still have much to explore. I was very upset when the plan to eliminate plastic water bottles in the Grand Canyon was stopped, by some complaint of Coca Cola's president and the caving in of the Park Director. I would not donate to your requests for some months. We cannot let our parks be corporate owned. We the American taxpaying public, are the true owners of these parks and we must care for them. I await the right decision on refillable water bottles and machines on the trails down the canyon, and in other national parks. I know that Yellowstone is LEED certified and recycling is strong there. I feel strongly that plastic water bottles do NOT BELONG in the Canyon, or in the Colorado River, and that we can train human beings to follow instructions. Thank you for pursuing this course of action for our seven generations into the future.