Recommended Reading for Republicans


The administration last week released a sweeping report recommending many useful steps for conserving, even expanding, America’s open spaces and making them more accessible to the American people. It is the sort of document destined to gather dust on bureaucratic shelves unless someone pays attention and follows up.

The report takes its findings from more than 50 public sessions across the country organized by senior officials like Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Tom Vilsack, the agriculture secretary. It says that increasing development threatens open spaces and wildlife habitat everywhere, and draws special attention to the need to protect places near big cities, like the Hudson River Valley, as well as dwindling farmland almost everywhere.