Protecting America's National Treasures and Natural Resources
Mrs. Bush's Leadership Helps Protect Our National Parks, Oceans, and Coastal Resources
President and Mrs. Bush Are Working To Preserve Our National Parks For The Benefit Of Future Generations
Mrs. Bush promotes stewardship and pride in our National Parks. Mrs. Bush encourages Americans to appreciate and protect our country's national treasures and natural resources. Mrs. Bush has visited more than 31 National Parks and Historic Sites throughout the United States and participated in more than 45 events in support of America's Parks.
Mrs. Bush Encourages Young People Across The Country To Visit And Learn About America's National Parks
The National Park Service's Junior Ranger program introduces young people to America's national parks and historic sites. Through the program, which currently operates across the country in 297 of our National Parks and on the Internet at www.webrangers.com, Junior Rangers learn lessons about history, culture, and science, as well as respect for nature and an appreciation for our role in protecting it.
In October 2007, Mrs. Bush launched the First Bloom program, a new conservation education effort by the National Park Foundation in honor of Lady Bird Johnson's conservation legacy. The program relies on the expertise of the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to teach young people about the science of native plants and encourage them to be good stewards of our national parks and our environment. First Bloom introduces children, particularly those in urban environments, to national parks near their homes where, in a protected environment, they experience and learn about the plant species native to their area. Park rangers teach the children about soil, seed cultivation, and the environmental benefits of healthy habitats. Then the Rangers visit the children in their neighborhoods to help them design, plant and care for their own native plant garden.
Mrs. Bush Champions Conservation And Protection Of Our Oceans And Coastal Resources
President and Mrs. Bush are working to reduce marine debris, which affects our marine ecosystems and the living resources that inhabit them. An estimated 6.4 million tons of marine debris litter the world's oceans and coasts, and continue to harm our marine environment, natural resources, public safety, and economy. To combat the problem, the Administration is increasing public awareness and education, partnering with regional and local leaders, and leading the global effort to promote the annual International Coastal Cleanup in 100 countries around the world.
Mrs. Bush promotes ocean literacy and education to enhance America's coastal stewardship. In public statements, editorials, and interviews, Mrs. Bush advocates efforts to educate and involve the citizens in protecting our Nation's coastal and ocean ecosystems.
Mrs. Bush highlighted the importance of native culture and resource protection. During her visit to Midway Atoll in 2007, Mrs. Bush announced the native Hawaiian name Papahanaumokuakea for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument established by President Bush in June 2006.