Defending public lands keeps children happy

Last month, my daughter celebrated her first birthday. She had an exciting first summer living in and visiting Maine's spectacular outdoor spaces experiencing all that our public lands have to offer.

We have been able to watch our newest addition to the family enjoy her natural playground thanks to conservation legislative measures that have protected our wilderness.

Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe should vote to protect our shared public lands and waters this year.

I want my daughter to experience Maine's natural heritage as long as she likes, whether it be on the Appalachian Trail or in Acadia National Park.