America gave to the world the idea of national parks and the concept of public lands open to all.
But facilities for those visiting America's public lands stand neglected, along with the country's transportation and commercial infrastructure.
…Climate change has hit public lands in the West with a triple whammy. Wet early-season storms wreaked havoc on federal lands in the Northwest. Beetle infestations are killing such essential trees as white bark pine in the Rockies. Fires have blackened forests from our Pasayten Wilderness to highlands of San Diego County.
Restoration needs to be a national priority.
Citizen groups are doing work once done by U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service crews. The Forest Service has been reduced in some areas to a skeletal staff.