Magazine article National Parks

Speaking Up

Magazine article National Parks

Speaking Up

Article excerpt

When I was very young, growing up in New Jersey, my favorite spot to play was a small forest near our home. Of course, in the eyes of a 5 year old, it was huge. I spent hours playing there, looking for frogs and turtles. It was my sanctuary.

One day, my mother and I went back and the forest was gone. A housing development was being built where the trees once stood. You can imagine my devastation. The only trace of the woods I could find was a lone duckling that my mother and I took to a wildlife refuge. This experience has stayed with me my entire life.

Although I couldn't save that forest as a young girl, I have spent my career working to protect our great waters from pollution, our lands from overdevelopment, and our wildlife from extinction.

I am thrilled to continue this important work as NPCA's new president and CEO. It is a distinct honor, and I couldn't be prouder.

This is an especially pivotal time for national parks. …

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