Tourism's Role (Sue Jennings, Loess Hills Researcher)
Sue Jennings works for the National Park Service. Listen to her comments on a NPS study and other issues surrounding working landscapes.
Transcript: Tourism's Role
Educating the public as to what's important about these areas is probably the best management tool we have for preservation. If you and I or our children or our neighbors don't understand what's so important about this riverine ecosystem or what's so important about these trees that have been here for 400 years or more, they'll never understand why we want to protect it and not allow certain types of uses so I think tourism can play a very important role. One for protecting an environment, and two for bringing an understanding of who we are as a people. Again, we visit various regions of the country and we learn about that area's cultural heritage and its identity. I used to live in the Blue Ridge Mountains and it has a very rich, rich cultural tradition of storytelling, the handcrafts, of mountain music and you know northern Minnesota has a whole different tradition and heritage. And the Great Lakes do as well as here in the Heartland. So, yeah, I think tourism is very important to protecting what it is that we value.