The ‘Thin Green Line’ Could Use Some Help

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Wildlife enforcement in California. Photo courtesy California Fish and Wildlife.

Nearly 143 million Americans—49.2% of the population— participated in an outdoor activity at least once in 2013.  This may sound encouraging, but in 1960 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower convened the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission, 90% of Americans participated in outdoor recreation.

Wildlands have recently gotten a lot of attention. President Barack Obama used his executive powers to increase wildlands with the hope of getting more people outdoors as well as encouraging conservation.  That sounds good, but . . .

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