I'm a published freelance writer who has a large and growing NPS life list (I'll show you mine if you show me yours). A Montana resident most of my life, I've also spent eight years in Virginia, as well as time in California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Florida & Alaska. I have lived in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon now for over 20 years.
There's a special place in my heart for Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. My first trip there was in utero and I've been a frequent Yosemite lover, history buff and defender ever since. Active in management planning, the Yosemite Association and Restore Hetch Hetchy (see my poem, "Dancing the Sacred Dry," on the RHH website), I feel advocacy must come from park lovers, because corporations and politicians aren't usually inclined to look after the best interests of the seventh generation (but it's great when they do! And I wish to encourage that behavior!)
I believe the National Parks (like libraries) are one of our finest expressions of democracy and long-term thinking. The parks are banks of beauty and diversity and history that we hold not just for ourselves and our children, but for themselves... an expression that there is value to our cultural heritage that's worth fighting for and protecting.