Growing up, summer vacation meant piling into the family station wagon to explore our country’s natural wonders. Little did I know that one day I would be asking for your help to preserve the beauty, history, stories, and inspiration of the same public lands and historic sites I saw as a child.
The National Trust needs your support right now, because as I write, irreplaceable landscapes and cultural resources are endangered – like Bears Ears National Monument.
The National Trust has engaged in a decade-long effort to achieve broad, diverse consensus from tribes, local communities, elected officials, and other stakeholders to protect 1.3 million acres of archaeological sites, cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and ancient roads from threats of vandalism and disrepair.
But even now, attempts are underway to shrink the carefully drawn boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument and eliminate protection for countless sites and artifacts.
The urgency to protect Bears Ears and other public lands is so pressing, our Board of Trustees has provided $25,000 in matching funds to inspire your generosity .
The continuing vulnerability of such extraordinarily historic places is the best argument I can make for your generous support.
With your help today, the National Trust will continue to play a constructive and effective role to preserve and protect these sites that tell the stories of customs, cultures, and events that are critical to American history.
While I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, my parents gave me an incredible gift as a young girl . . . to experience America’s vast history upon the very lands where the stories unfolded. Together, let’s make sure it’s a gift that our children, and our children’s children, can receive too.
Director of Public Lands Policy