Statement by Theresa Pierno, President and CEO, National Parks Conservation Association
“More than 300 million people visited national parks last year. They speak to who we are as a nation, and they belong to all of us. As we saw from the public outcry during the 2013 government shutdown, and most recently with the celebration of the centennial last year, Americans have a special affinity for our national parks. So it’s not surprising that we’re seeing this public outpouring of support following the censorship of communications channels for government agencies responsible for protecting public lands, the air we breathe and the water we drink. We hope the information will flow freely once again so people, and organizations like ours, can better protect the places and lands we all care so deeply about.”
About National Parks Conservation Association
Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its more than one million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s natural, historic, and cultural heritage for future generations. For more information, visit www.npca.org.
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