While our parks may not be the total cure to our nation's fiscal challenges, these numbers show that parks are an economically powerful and positive economic engine actually helping us get our fiscal house back in order.
Public lands, most of it federally managed lands in national parks, national forests and Bureau of Land Management landscapes generate millions of dollars a year. Some of that revenue comes from outdoor recreation gear sales, including all that outdoor fashion wear.
This Veterans Day please remember the sacrifices of all veterans, including the tens of thousands of horses who tirelessly served this country, and their descendants, who today are forgotten and literally thrown away.
They're part of what define America's outdoor heritage and fuel our outdoor recreation economy, responsible for about 6.1 million jobs and $646 billion in spending yearly. These same lands, however, also provide some of the best wind and solar resources our county has to offer.
If you're traveling through or live near Tulsa, Okla., in early October, you won't want to miss Kimerlee Curyl's Freedom Vanishing, a special photography exhibition in support of America's legendary wild horses.
We're still hopeful Secretary Jewell will implement the needed reform, and we stand ready to work with her to turn around this government program that wastes taxpayer money and costs wild horses their freedom and sometimes their lives.
I assume you understand by now that you woke up this morning on an overheated planet of slums threatened by ecological collapse. So instead, let's get right to the point: what do we do about it? How do we begin to heal the wounds?