Thoughts; WHE volunteer B.T. Kirle
Today our country takes time to recognize our public lands; a tradition that dates back to 1994. National Public Lands Day, which always takes place on the fourth Saturday of September, is the nation’s largest single-day volunteering effort, organized by the National Environmental Education Foundation. Admittance into national parks is free today, so if you needed an excuse to get up from your desk and stretch your legs, you have it.
The concept behind National Public Lands Day is now and has always been to bring the connection between the people and their protected public lands to the fore. In the spirit of the day, and in an effort to shed more light on what today really means, Wild Horse Education would like to spend some time talking about our nation’s public lands, and our wild horses that need them to survive.
Our nation’s wild horses are a public resource, a public lands issue, and not merely one confined to the covers of overly romanticized cowboy novellas. Our wild horses need to be like our public lands; wild, beautiful, and free, and unfortunately both remain under assault by private interests and the current administration. Today, more than any other time, is a day to remember that the beautiful and serene places of our country deserve to be just that, not cordoned off for mining interests and cattle ranchers. Our public wild places and wild things need to be preserved as the treasures they are.
While National Public Lands Day is a time to go out and explore our country’s national parks, it is also a time to reflect on what those lands truly mean. Our wild horses are under threat, our public lands are under threat, and today Wild Horse Education implores you to remember that. The fight for our wild horses and our public lands is never over, but perhaps more than any other day, today is a time to get informed, write your congressman, and remember that our public lands and the animals that dwell therein need us to speak out for them, because they can’t speak for themselves.
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