An interactive website just launched this week by the Sierra Club lets you show some love and take some action to protect the places in the country -- the Yellowstones, Yosemites, the Smokies, Acadia and more -- that hold a special place in your heart and consciousness.
The site is called My Piece of America, and is part of a larger Sierra Club campaign to permanently protect public lands in today’s technology-driven age.
On the site you can upload and view photos of your favorite, special places in America. It also lets you connect with local protection campaigns on the ground and offers other ways to take action to help conserve those places.
For instance, there currently is a letter-writing campaign on the site to let President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar know that you want President Obama to "use your presidency to permanently protect our most important wild places."
The site also features some vignettes on some of the land-protection projects the Sierra Club currently is working on. For example, in the Northeast the group is involved in protecting "the few remaining stretches of continuous temperate broadleaf and mixed forest in the world" that can be found from upstate New York to Acadia National Park.
The homepage of My Piece of America also features a list of thumbnail photos that readers have contributed. Click on a photo and a larger version of the image appears, along with the name of the contributor and where the photo was taken. There's also a place to leave comments on the photo.
Check out this site, and learn how you can become more involved in saving these special places in America.