GOAL: Communities have an appreciation of natural and cultural resources, and the capacity to implement actions that will result in sound stewardship of these resources while maintaining strong local economies.
Visionary conservation efforts initiated more than a century ago provide tremendous public benefits. These conserved lands are vital to human health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, families found solace on waterways and mountaintops, where they re-engaged with the land and remembered how special “this place” truly is. Local economies benefit from cultural heritage initiatives that draw visitors from near and far. Programs that celebrate the heritage of Indigenous peoples are providing a richer understanding of our past and a more inclusive future.