Avett Brothers: This Land is Our Land

The Avett Brothers performing "This Land Is Our Land"

The Avett Brothers performing “This Land Is Our Land”

The earliest years of my life were spent growing up on a mountainside. They were years full of scrambling up hills, marveling at tadpoles, and hearing the earth beneath my feet everyday on my walk to the school bus. No matter how many years have since passed or how many miles I have moved away from the mountains and into the city, my love for the outdoors and our natural world hasn’t dissipated. I no longer have a mountainside of my own, but I do have access to more than 600 million acres of public lands that belong to all of us. And for that I am beyond grateful!

The National Wildlife Federation has so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday: Our national parks, the vast trails in our national forests, the quiet moments we can steal on wild public lands across our country. We are also grateful for the amazing support the National Wildlife Federation has received for protecting our public lands from our members and supporters, to our network of affiliates across the United States, and people like Scott Avett of the North Carolina Hall of Fame, folk-rock band the Avett Brothers.

I go could on, but why listen to me ramble when you can listen to them rock?

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“Now Theodore Roosevelt said, “Here’s your country. Cherish these natural wonders. Cherish the natural resources. Cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interest skin your country of its beauty, its riches, or its romance.” Our public lands are part of the American identity. They sustain fish and wildlife, they provide recreation, they provide clean air and clean water, they provide potential fun for all Americans. They are at the center, as the foundation, of the economies that they drive. Millions flock to these national parks each year. The North Carolina Great Smokies National Park is the most visited in the country. If that’s not an amazing resource, I don’t know what is.” ~ Scott Avett

One last thing before you  get outside to enjoy our shared outdoor heritage. Our public lands belong to the hunter, the hiker, the bird watcher and mountain biker alike; remember these places, our public lands, were made for all of us.

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