This is a guest post by Ellis Richard. It originally appeared at The Huffington Post on June 20, 2013.
As a life-long Westerner, and former National Park Service ranger, I've spent a lot of time in and around some of America's most treasured places. I dedicated my career to protecting these parks.
The future of our national parks, and all of the great open spaces of the west is important to me. These powerful American landscapes helped shape our national character, and defined a way of life, and a life style so many of us value. In many ways, these places define America and give meaning and vision to our lives.
With those concerns in mind, this week I took our cause of balanced oil and gas leasing to the Hill and joined the National Parks Conservation Association to brief Congressional offices about our work and the threat fracking and drilling poses to America's national parks.
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