Letter: Stop the attack on wilderness areas
Monday, June 27, 2011
I love the summer. It’s the one time of the year when almost any and every day I can be outside gardening, walking, or sitting by a river enjoying the view.
I know that I am not the only one who loves this time of year for its beauty and sunny days. But I also loves this time of year for a different reason. As a person of faith, for me summer is a time when Creation springs to life, the winter has completely disappeared and lands and wilderness serve as a place for spiritual renewal. This is why I am saddened to learn that some of our elected officials want to open proposed wilderness areas and roadless areas to development. While I support sustainable use and development of the timber and minerals that we have been blessed with, I also believe that there are certain places that must be protected for all of Creation and future generations.
That is why I oppose the congressional bills that would open more than 40 million acres of wilderness and roadless areas to development (H.R. 1581/S. 1087). Instead, I believe we can and should retain these wildlands and public lands as places of intimate connection with God for all generations.