Decades of neglect have allowed our diverse woodlands and grasslands to lose their wildflowers and become impenetrable thorn thickets. Eroding mud silts our streams, ponds and wetlands. Native plants and animals are threatened, community economic benefits are declining, and people are losing endless opportunities to learn, explore and have fun. It’s time for a renewed vision. In the 20th century, we preserved the land. In the 21st, we must restore our preserves to health.
..to acquire and hold lands…for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna and scenic beauties…in their natural state…for the purpose of the education, pleasure and recreation of the public. (1913 Enabling Legislation)