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Conservation & the Public Lands “Essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method”
America’s public lands are a national birthright, an exemplar of global conservation leadership, and a tremendous source of local pride and benefit. In the North Fork Valley our National Forest lands are a testament to the foresight of leaders from more than a century ago, and the wisdom of our own forebears.
Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method. Theodore Roosevelt
The National Forest lands in the North Fork valley are mostly within the Gunnison National Forest, which is itself part of a larger ‘administrative unit’ of three individual forests often referred to as the ‘GMUG’ or Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forests. Colorado has eleven National Forests, managed as 6 units. As a single unit the GMUG is the largest. (However, the White River National Forest is the largest single National Forest in the state).