A question for inclusion on the US Naturalization Exam regarding Citizen Ownership
Among America’s unique attributes is the genius of the American preservation model- that important American landscapes and cultural sites were set aside for the American citizen as an American birthright. All Americans should know that they are part of this legacy- that they hold "the key" to America’s great symbols of freedom and democracy like the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon. American Conservation Projects is leading an effort to add information about citizen ownership of our national parks and public lands to the U.S. Citizenship exam, introducing new immigrants to American environmental stewardship. ACP has collaborated with various government officials and non-profit organizations to advance this effort including Congressman Steve Israel and the National Parks Foundation.
1. Who owns America's national parks? (Every American citizen)
2. Which country was the first to set aside national parks? (The United States)
3. Name one national park in the United States. (Yellowstone National Park, Acadia National Park, Yosemite National Park, etc.)
The Conservation Roundtable
The Conservation Roundtable is a collation of executives representing America's top hunting, fishing and environmental organizations which meets periodically to discuss opportunities for partnership in their respective conservation efforts. The Roundtable is a collaboration in the spirit of John Burroughs, John Muir, and Theodore Roosevelt, who shared a commitment to the outdoors that outweighed their differing views on how best to safeguard it. As those principal leaders in the founding of environmental conservation understood, so do the Roundtable CEOs know that their collective action was necessary to get results.
Convened by Simon Roosevelt and Allison Rockefeller, the Conservation Roundtable is a forum where today’s leaders meet to consider and move the direction of environmental conservation. Its creation was spurred by the opportunity for sportsmen conservation groups and environmental organizations to collaborate more effectively. The CEOs have identified three avenues for specific tasks toward this end: projects, policy, and marketing. Their visions are carried out by task teams comprised of each organization's specialists.
This Roundtable collectively represent ten million Americans, tens of millions of acres conserved, and hundreds of years of conservation experience. Hosted by American Conservation Projects, the Conservation Roundtable Conferences are sponsored by The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and held at the Pocantico Conference Center in Tarrytown, New York. According to Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited, "The primary purpose is to bring together the leadership of major non-government organizations to see how we can focus on substantive issues that we all share."
In 2013, the Conservation Roundtable published an open letter to President Obama, Congressman John Boehner and Senator Harry Reid in Politico to encourage government “to find practical ways to make stewardship today more inclusive, concerted, and effective.”
Past participants have included:
Boone & Crockett Club
Dallas Safari Club
The Conservation Fund