Conservation Priorities

Public Lands

Our public lands are part of the American identity – they sustain fish and wildlife and provide outdoor recreation and clean air and water. These cherished lands provide habitat for fish and wildlife and enjoyment for all Americans. From hunting and fishing to wildlife watching and tourism, we rely on public lands to serve as the foundation to support wildlife and the economies they drive.

“Here is 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 interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

Our wildlife needs the space to roam; without the vast open spaces found in our public lands, much of the wildlife we know and love would cease to exist. This uniquely American concept of public lands has paid off in spades. Millions flock to national parks each year (NC’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited in the entire country), businesses thrive near national monuments, we enjoy clean water from our national forests and our treasured wildlife finds homes in wildlife refuges.

Our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands are under attack. During the past several years, and more recently at an unprecedented rate, a small group of legislators and land grabbers have been trying to hand your land over to states or private interests. NCWF works to “Keep Public Lands in our Hands."

Click here to see the NC Group Letter that NCWF will submit to NC delegates on June 7 in support of public lands on the heels of the 111th anniversary of the Act to Protect Lands.

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Gather your family and friends and plan your next outdoor adventure for one of North Carolina’s many unforgettable natural destinations. Help NCWF preserve wildlife and wild places for our children and future generations to come.