Centennial Celebration in Afton Canyon

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In the California desert, there are many reasons to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial and all of our public lands. Especially, given that earlier this year, and after urging from Senator Dianne Feinstein, President Obama designated the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monuments here. These public lands are now permanently protected for generations to explore and enjoy.  

To mark the Centennial and the creation of Mojave Trails National Monument, Amargosa Conservancy and Por la Creación Faith-based Alliance organized a camping trip to encourage local families and residents to explore one of these special places.

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ARIZONA CENTRAL: Stop ignoring us on public lands

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Gov. Doug Ducey’s assertion that Arizonans oppose the Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument is unfounded. State polls show vast support for protecting the Grand Canyon watershed from uranium mining and preserving the threatened cultural and historical sites in the region.

A poll earlier this year found 80 percent of Arizonans support this measure to protect one of Arizona’s and the nation’s greatest natural treasures.

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LAS VEGAS SUN: Tonight, candidates should address management of West’s public lands

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For so many of us in the West, experiences such as getting lost in the beauty of a mountain vista or being made new by a clear-running river reflecting diamond sparkles of sunshine are among the prime reasons we live here. These are places where one can feel the spirit and become connected to God’s creation. And often we have set aside these places, including irreplaceable treasures such as the Grand Canyon or Yosemite National Park, as protected public lands for all Americans to enjoy.

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Latinos’ Role and Recognition in Land, Water, and Wildlife Protection

This week we celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week and the more than 850 million acres protected within the National Wildlife Refuge System. It is a week when we should visit one of the 564 national wildlife refuges, and it is a time when we, as members of the Latino Conservation Alliance (LCA), reflect on our role in the protection of wildlife habitats and in conservation as a whole.

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We see our role as stewards because we view the well-being of our lands, and the wildlife we share those lands with, as essential to our way of life. We depend on clean air, clean water, and healthy watersheds and, naturally, we speak up to conserve these precious natural resources. We have a moral obligation to do this.

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Para nuestra salud: Latino health and the outdoors

The recent reintroduction of the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) underscores the clear connection between healthy kids, healthy communities, and a healthy outdoors. It is recognition of the curative aspects of nature, and specifically of how the outdoors serves as a platform for health. More and more it is accepted as part of the outdoor culture, from the discussion on nature deficit disorder, to important work on healing veterans with wilderness experiences. But in some ways it is also recognition that all communities need this and have cultural connections that recognize this value. We need the outdoors—Para Nuestra Salud.

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