Our Wealth in Lands

As our elected leaders strain to avoid dropping a financial burden on future generations, these decision makers shouldn’t degrade the real estate that our grandchildren are entitled to.

As Nicholas D. Kristof pointed out in his Sept. 11 column, “We’re Rich! (In Nature),” each of us owns the national parks, forests and other public lands. With this acreage comes the duty, articulated by Theodore Roosevelt, to care for these special places and pass them on, undiminished, to future generations.

At stake is much more than world-class recreation: kayaking, camping, fishing, birding, hiking. These lands provide many benefits....