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High Desert Residents Treasure Benefits of Public Lands

Posted on the 12 December 2013 by Jim Winburn @civicbeebuzz
Mojave Desert landscape

Mojave Desert landscape


Abbott attributes these findings to to a poll that found three-quarters of local residents have visited public lands in the last year. Here’s more from Abbott’s report:

Pollster Lori Weigel, Public Opinion Strategies, said voters value these lands for a number of reasons. “As historic and cultural places that they go to visit, as recreation areas they recognize the benefits that are derived from tourism. And, they believe those were really highlighted during the recent government shutdown,” she said.

Seventy-six percent of those polled believe the government shutdown hurt many small businesses in the desert when national parks were closed. California’s 8th Congressional District includes Death Valley National Park, the Mojave National Preserve and parts of the San Bernardino National Forest and Joshua Tree National Park.

The poll was commissioned by the Vet Voice Foundation. Program Director Mark Starr said they encourage veterans to seek out public lands as a way to heal the wounds of war. “We feel it’s very important our public lands are protected and that federal conservation funding is a vital key to that, and that we need to see more – more of it,” Starr said.

Weigel said the poll clearly shows that voters believe there is a moral responsibility to care for the lands and waters of this region and want to leave them as a legacy to future generations.

Poll results are available at vetvoicefoundation.org.

To read Abbott’s report at the Public News Service website, visit publicnewsservice.org/…/article/36233-1.

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