Our mission is to conserve native and working landscapes that enrich our communities through private, voluntary action, for the health and well being of current and future generations. This conservation work protects the ability of local people to produce food in a sustainable way, helps ensure our quality of life by protecting scenic beauty and providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, and enhances the long-term financial stability of our communities by making them attractive and enjoyable places to live.
In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt:
There is nothing more practical than the preservation of beauty and the preservation of anything that appeals to the higher emotions of mankind. I believe we are past the stage of national existence when we could look on complacently at the individual who skinned the land and was content for the sake of three year's profit for himself to leave a desert for the children of those who were to inherit the soil.
And more recently, Wallace Stegner, historian and environmentalist:
What is such a resource worth? Anything it costs. If we never hike it or step into its shade, if we only drive by occasionally and see the textures of green mountainside change under wind and sun, or the fog move soft feathers down the gulches, or the last sunset on the continent redden the sky beyond the ridge, we have our money's worth. We have been too efficient at destruction; we have left our souls too little space to breathe in. Every green natural place we save saves a fragment of our sanity and gives us a little more hope that we have a future. We can only be as healthy as the lands we inhabit.
Please join us in our mission to help ensure our communities remain healthy.Have an environmental quote that moves you, and would like to share it here? Email us for the chance to see your original or quoted material posted on our Web site.