LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Obama trying to do right by parks

3/16/2014
e1ottawa

A Kirtland’s warbler perches on a branch at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in this file photo.

A Kirtland’s warbler perches on a branch at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in this file photo.
A Kirtland’s warbler perches on a branch at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in this file photo.

As excitement grows over the prospect of spring hikes in Ottawa Park and elsewhere, President Obama has fulfilled his promise to protect our national parks this year and called on Congress to help fulfill his vision (“Obama’s budget,” editorial, March 6).

One thing almost everyone can agree on is the importance of keeping our parks and wildlife protected — now and for future generations.

Toward this vision, President Obama’s budget fulfills the promise he made last year to fund fully our nation’s premier conservation fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This program has a long history of giving Ohio’s parks and public lands — including the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge —the critical protection they need from development and pollution.

The President’s budget makes moves to ensure that states’ best natural places are kept pristine. Now it is time for Congress to fulfill this promise to our parks.

CHRISTIAN ADAMS

State Associate Environment Ohio Columbus