We can never replace the beauty of open spaces. It is vital to our communities that we maintain wetlands, forests, and local, state, and national parks. Tennessee has 85 Natural Areas that we use for boating, hiking, fishing, and exploring the we need to keep available to the public. Not only do these spaces offer recreational opportunities, but they help to maintain an environmental balance to protect the natural habitats of our Tennessee Wildlife. We deserve to have access to these resources and must be protected from privatization and development so that our children and grandchildren can celebrate the beauty of our state. I will fight for funding to protect federal public land and funding to states to maintain Tennessee’s natural beauty.