Global Warming and U.S. Public Lands: America's Wild Lands are Under Threat, and Will Play Key Role in Any Climate Change Solution

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

America’s public lands — some 600 million acres of land and 150,000 square miles of protected waters — are the birthright of every citizen, and the legacy we hold in trust for generations to come. Global warming poses an unprecedented threat to the nation’s iconic landscapes — our national parks, forests, wilderness areas, and wildlife refuges. At the same time, protecting these natural places is more important now than ever before. Our country’s public lands store carbon and offer one of our best hopes for sustaining the plants, animals, birds, clean water and air, and recreational opportunities that are important to our heritage.

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