COLUMN: If we’re voting for the future of our public lands and natural assets, there’s only one Presidential choice

COLUMN: If we’re voting for the future of our public lands and natural assets, there’s only one Presidential choice

On March 21, I published a column titled “Nature is our final safe haven” as it pertained to the COVID-19 pandemic, and today as I write this I can’t help but think how integral the public outdoor space has been during this health crisis. You see, today – Saturday, the day I’m writing this – is National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day. By the time this publishes in the Sunday edition of The Dominion Post, the day’s titles will be gone but the message will still be ever-present. When I wrote that column back in March, I had just gotten back from a hiking trip through Dolly Sods. We had traveled into the mountains to escape the craziness the first few weeks of the pandemic brought us – stocks were falling, people were rushing to Kroger to buy all the toilet paper they could, cities were locking down, places of business were either closed or transitioning to a work-from-home model, high school sports around the country were being stopped in their tracks and many people were dying. I’ll never forget those first few weeks, although now it seems like it was years ago. My point of that column was to remind folks that we had an abundance of outdoor recreation assets at our disposal in West Virginia and to take advantage of them. While that column didn’t spark a movement, I did notice that more people were in fact getting outdoors. Thanks to Gov. Jim […]

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