Groups Seek More Diversity for National Parks, Public Lands

The ancient Petrified Forest near Holbrook is one of Arizona's iconic national parks. (iStockphoto)

The old Petrified Forest near Holbrook is one of Arizona’s well-known national forests. (iStockphoto).

Might 4, 2016

PHOENIX – A union of civil legal rights, ecological justice, conservation as well as area leaders is requesting more representation for all Americans in national forests as well as various other public lands.The groups

are using the upcoming 100th anniversary of the National Park Service to start a petition asking Head of state Obama to make park centers a lot more reflective of all Americans.Liz Archuleta, Arizona spokeswoman for the group Hispanics Taking pleasure in Outdoor camping, Searching, as well as the Outdoors, stated national parks have a variety of cultures to serve in Arizona.

” In Arizona, there’s a couple of areas that are being checked out for growth of the monoliths,” she claimed. “Among them is the Santa Rita Center. It’s a union hall where Cesar Chavez coined the expression ‘ ยก Si se puede!’ and it’s vital to Hispanic history.”

With the petition, the union is asking the president to expand access to public lands, historic, spiritual, spiritual and also cultural preservation, landscape-scale conservation, stakeholder engagement and also labor force diversity.In its vision claim, the union claimed the federal government also requires to handle and also protect national forests and public lands that are being used by private interests for mining or oil as well as gas exploration.Maite Arce, president of the Hispanic Access Foundation, said the

coalition’s focus is on maintaining public lands for the lengthy term.” Our job below as a coalition,” she said,” is to challenge this head of state as well as our next head of state to actually accept a vision for the following century of conservation that concentrates on the importance of national forests and public lands that are for all Americans, with emphasis after all.” Arce stated it is necessary that varied areas are component of the conversation when it concerns telling the stories of the national forests as well as making certain there are people on personnel that could bring people in and make them seem like they are component of the nation’s public lands.The petition is online at

Mark Richardson, Public News Solution- AZ

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