Preserve the power of America’s parks

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Alumni Council's Jay Carter extols America's Parks in Post -Gazette Op-Ed

This story originally appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You can read it in full here.

I grew up in Hazelwood, never imagining that our national parks would be relevant to my life, much less central to my ambitions and to my hopes for my city. But as the federal sequester undercuts funding for those parks, it’s time to focus on what they mean even for urban America.

I had the great fortune, while a student at City Charter High School, to be offered a volunteer opportunity with the Student Conservation Association cleaning up Schenley Park. Picking up trash may not sound like an extraordinary career move, but the following summer SCA offered me a volunteer opportunity in Allegheny National Forest, and the year after that I was working on the Appalachian Trail.