Although I am weary of state intervention, especially when it limits economic freedom, I strongly believe in the need to preserve our natural patrimony. After hiking through Montana and Idaho, I became convinced that nature has the power to physically, mentally and spiritually replenish man.
And the majority of cities that are considered to be the most livable and those that offer easy access to nature and outdoor recreation. Even though I recognize that limiting our access to natural resources imposes economic costs on all Americans, one of the few good things the federal government has done in the last century is to set aside more land as national parks. Unfortunately because of the excesses and abuses of the federal government, many people are skeptical even when presented with the rare cases were increased federal intervention is justified, such as the preservation of wilderness and wild life.