Statement from Keep America Beautiful on Public Lands

STAMFORD, Conn. (Dec. 8, 2017) — Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, today issued the following statement which can be attributed to Helen Lowman, President and CEO:

“Whether it’s for activities like hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, camping, stargazing or simply finding joy and experiencing a sense of awe in the beauty of our nation’s parks, Keep America Beautiful believes in the preservation and enhancement of public and open spaces.

“For 65 years, Keep America Beautiful has worked to keep our roadways, trails, parks, shorelines and waterways free from litter, while validating the positive, lasting impact beautiful public spaces can have on the environmental, economic and social health of our nation.  

“Public lands, such as the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, offer extraordinary and irreplaceable environmental, cultural, recreational and natural value that help keep America beautiful from sea to shining sea.

“Keep America Beautiful is disappointed in the decision to open up significant portions of these cherished public lands for commercial development, particularly without any clearly defined protections for these vital, and uniquely American, treasures.

“We urge our federal officials in Washington D.C. to work with organizations and individuals in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to develop consensus to ensure the responsible, sustainable and public use of these naturally beautiful places for generations to come.”

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, we strive to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.
 
Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, curricula, practical advice and other resources to deliver measurable environmental, economic and social benefits. The organization is driven by more than 600 state and local Affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities and government officials. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.