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Federal lands need protection

POSTED September 25, 2009 11:34 p.m.
Dear Turlock Journal,
This Saturday I will join thousands of Americans across the country in celebrating the 16th annual National Public Lands Day. The National Environmental Education Foundation estimates that over 100,000 volunteers nationwide will participate in this day by working to make our national forest and monuments, wildlife refuges and parks a better place by: planting trees, repairing trails, cleaning campsites and picking trash out of rivers and wetlands. For over 100 years, America's federal lands have helped to shape our culture, economy and natural environment, giving us clean water, air, magnificent places to play, and also providing refuge for our nation's most wondrous wildlife. One day a year simply isn't enough to demonstrate America's commitment to the stewardship of these special lands. That's why I've asked my U.S. Representative to support the America's Wildlife Heritage Act.
I encourage my neighbors to do the same. This bill will help to ensure that every day our nation is doing its best to sustainably manage these precious resources for generations to come.
— Maria Lilly
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