On Valentine’s Day most people try to do something special for those they love. While you’re at it, why not try to do the same for the lands you love? All of us own 618 million acres of national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and western acreage overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Many of these places put up with way too much abuse: poorly executed mining, drilling, and logging, to note a few.
The radio crackled the news as I slowed and turned right off state Highway 41 west of Homestead. “Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today announced plans to establish a new Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge.”
“Halleluiah”! I shouted as I drove across the levee and up the gravel rise to park with a view of a vast ocean of marshy grassland bordering the busy trans-Everglades two-lane highway known as the Tamiami Trail (or, more colloquially, “Alligator Alley.”)