Public Lands Day Celebrates 'Spectacular' Landmarks in OR, U.S.
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Saturday is National Public Lands Day, a celebration of national parks in the United States.
People will be able to access national park lands for free in celebration of the day. Events such as cleanups and habitat improvement are also planned.
Seth Miller, executive director of Oregon Parks Forever, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing and preserving public lands in the state, explained the importance of the parks.
"The National Park Service properties preserve some of the most spectacular lands across the country," Miller pointed out. "In Oregon, Crater Lake stands out as one of the most incredible properties, and in fact the acreage of that park exceeds the sum of the acreage of all our state parks."
While Crater Lake is Oregon's only national park, Miller explained the National Park Service oversees four other locations in the state: The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Oregon Caves National Monument and Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.
Miller added warming temperatures are a concern for national parks.
"All public lands across the United States are dealing with the effects of climate change," Miller emphasized. "Particularly in the western states, we're facing a number of years of drought and increasing wildfires."
To help mitigate the wildfire risk, Miller noted Oregon Parks Forever plans to plant a million trees. It planted more than 500,000 last year. Miller also noted parks are dealing with large backlogs in deferred maintenance, although the Great American Outdoors Act passed by Congress in 2020 is helping to address the issue.
get more stories like this via email
Human-rights activists in New Hampshire say the growing number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills at the Statehouse is encouraging right-wing extremists to intimida…
The North Carolina Utilities Commission is expected to release its final Carbon Plan by the end of the year. Critics say the current plan, which …
As a way to reward those who have stayed in the child care field, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is offering $66 million in …
With the cost of a four-year college education approaching six figures at some institutions, many students are looking at apprenticeships to train …
Health and Wellness
Not everybody gets a holiday break, especially caregivers, but advocates of paid family medical leave in Maine say momentum is building for a plan to …
Women of color working in health care are the most likely to lose out on wages they have earned because employers fail to pay what they owe, …
Health and Wellness
The American Lung Association has released its 2022 State of Lung Cancer report, which shows Indiana has some work to do. The leading cause of lung …
November is National Family Caregivers Month, which focuses attention on the unpaid care work of family members. The care provided by families …