Last week, I was lucky enough to hear an impressive panel speak and answer questions at the Capitol Building. The panel was each representatives from various member organizations of the Next 100 Collation. The name comes from the centennial of the foundation of the National Parks Service. The Coalition was founded in 2016 and the NPS had its 100thbirthay in 2016. The Next 100 wants to keep public lands, parks, and monuments protected. They realize that these lands are at threat from being reduced in size, damaged, and taken away all together. This coalition of organizations works together to defend public lands in their area all across the country.
The panelists provided great insight on their own project and how they get people engaged with the land. Many of them are facing the same challenges, especially the threat of these monuments and lands being reduced or taken away by law. We got to hear from Native Leaders, experts in the fields, and Coalition leaders during the panel. It is great to know there are law makers on the side of the Next 100 as well. I was fortunate enough to hear Colorado Senator Michael Bennet speak. He spoke about his support for the coalition and its work. This event was especially exciting for me because I enjoy looking at the politics behind conservation and environmental policy. This is a great glimpse into that field.