Lands We Love
"Optimism is a good characteristic, but if carried to an excess, it becomes foolishness. We are prone to speak of the resources of this country as inexhaustible; this is not so."
- President Teddy Roosevelt
Seventh Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1907
For veterans and residents of Southern California, alike, the protection of desert lands is a vital issue. The region has a deep and distinct heritage that comprises a legacy not only for its residents but our entire nation. It boasts glorious mountain streams, historic trails, and diverse lands that allow wildlife, such as bighorn sheep, to thrive in an environment that has remained relatively unchanged for thousands of years. It includes the famous Route 66, which serves as a magnet for tourists wanting to experience California's pioneering past. The area also provides economic lifeblood for the region through tourism as more and more Americans from all over the country discover the serenity of national parks such as Joshua Tree and Death Valley.
However, the beauty of this area is being jeopardized by two of the fastest growing regions in the United States: Southern California and Las Vegas. While there is a definitive need to continue economic growth and prosperity in the region, it can be attained without hindering the region's aesthetic beauty and recreational and tourism opportunities.
All Southern California residents have a stake in protecting the economic interests of the tourism industry, safeguarding and ensuring clean water, and protecting wildlife. As veterans committed to the protection of our nation, many of us feel strongly about preserving it, as well. We encourage you to join us as we mobilize to protect your lands and community. We look forward to serving you on not only this issue but also others that will arise as our mission continues.
You can take action and speak up for protection of the California desert by clicking here.