From the Grand Canyon to the White Mountain National Forest, our parks, forests and public lands are an iconic part of what makes this country so great.

They’re where we go to spend time outdoors with our families and friends, to hike, bike, fish and see wild animals. They are where we connect with nature and remember the history and foundation on which our country was built. And this year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service!

However, these places are not getting the birthday they deserve. Everything Theodore Roosevelt had worked so hard for is being threatened: The federal Antiquities Act, which protects national treasures such as the Grand Canyon and Olympic National Park, is being reversed by a proposed bill in Congress to begin developments on our public lands and sell them off to the highest bidder.

Unless we act now, our parks will completely be lost to private owners, drilling, mining and destruction. We are running out of time to protect these national treasures, which make this country so great. With the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service approaching, the time is now for Congress to take measures to protect these national treasures for the next hundred years.

Yasmin Yacoby

Environment Maine