We're inspired to share and protect these special places in our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes for our children and grandchildren. Special places are inherently grounded in and shaped by communities; and, in turn, our relationship to these places shapes who we are, our values, and our decisions. In these times of change, these special places give context, realism, and a window through which messages and solutions become understandable and empowering for citizens that feel directly connected to their environment and their future.
The Honorable Dan Benishek, M.D., U.S. House of Representatives, MI-1; NMS Caucus Co-Chair
The Honorable Lois Capps, U.S. House of Representatives, CA-24; NMS Caucus Co-Chair
Mark Schaefer, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation and Management, NOAA
William J. Douros, West Coast Regional Director, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
Lynne Zeitlin Hale, Managing Director for Oceans, The Nature Conservancy
Dan Laffoley, Marine Vice Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas